Stewart Copeland, the drummer from The Police, has been composing scores for silent films which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be performing. They are doing Ben Hur while he drums with the orchestra.
“It’s a silent movie, which is catnip for a composer, and the wild action scenes are nitroglycerin for a drummer,” Copeland has said about the 1925 film. (via Classicalite)
Why not grab a silent film from archive.org and play along with it while watching the movie? It seems like it would be an interesting way to work on a wide range of skills: improvisation, anticipation, emotion, etc..
Also, when they added sound to silent movies they call them "talkies". Would adding drums to a silent movie make them a "drummies"?