When you hand someone a drum, you give them the opportunity and the choice to discover their personal power.


What is group drumming?

Group drumming sessions can be integrated as a therapeutic strategy in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, aging facilities, support groups, group counseling sessions, and more. Stephen is certified as a HealthRHYTHMS facilitator and Erin is a board certified music therapist, so our sessions are appropriate for staff as well as clients. We use the drum as a tool for communication and personal expression. During our sessions, program participants will connect with other participants while simultaneously learning more about themselves.

How does it work?

Each session lasts about an hour. We come to your space with our drums and percussion instruments. We will need a room with chairs set up in one circle large enough to accommodate all the participants. We will be drumming loudly at times so make sure any neighbors are okay with that! We will arrive to set up approximately 20 minutes before the session. It is helpful if the event space is on the first floor or near an elevator since we will be carrying in several loads of instruments. During the sessions, we will do icebreakers, cover drumming basics, explore entrainment, do inspirational beats to give voice to challenges faced by group members, and guided imagery drumming that leads the group into a drum circle jam that gives group members time to find their own personal rhythm. 

Who do I get?

Stephen Brand is a certified HealthRHYTHMS Recreational Music-Making (RMM) facilitator.  He has facilitated HealthRHYTHMS drumming sessions for employees in high stress positions at Vidant and the Kinston cancer survivors. Most recently he served as a clinician at the Profound Sound Festival in Tarboro, NC. He has also led drum circle meditations at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, NC and community drum circles during the First Friday Art Walk in Uptown Greenville. Erin Brand is a board certified music therapist who often co-facilitates with Stephen during sessions.

What does the HealthRHYTHMS research say?

  • Group drumming boosts elements of our body’s natural defense mechanisms- specifically Natural Killer cell activity was boosted in subjects who drummed compared to controls.
  • The typical 100 bed long-term care facility would expect to experience an 18.3% overall reduction of employee turnover through the implementation of the RMM program, resulting in 11 positions saved out of every 60 positions predicted to be lost each year. The retention of 11 employees each year would therefore result in an average cost savings of $89,100 per year.
  • A total of 75 first year associate degree nursing students (RN students) attending Allegany College of Maryland were studied and using RMM, they found emotional exhaustion was reduced by 10.4% and depersonalization was reduced by 20.3%. Total Mood Disturbance was reduced by 23.6% (28.1% at 6 weeks post completion of the sessions).

Ready to find your groove?

Our initial package for a one hour group drumming session for 20 people starts at $200. Our packages can be personalized depending on the number of session, number of participants, and location. For more information or to book a session, please call or text Stephen at 910-200-1385 or email LoveJoyMusic@hotmail.com.