¡¡Last Year's 10th Anniversary DRUMSTRONG 2016 LINEUP!!

Stage Schedule :: MAY 21, 2016 ::

9:30 – 10:45 Rock University + Sam Ash Learning Center

11:00 – Swimmer Family DrumCircle Kick-off, Panthers PurrCussion Drum Line

11:45 – 12:30 Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick + members of The New Familiars et. al

12:45 – 1:30 Of Good Nature

1:30    Hardin Minor Parade, Belly Dancers

1:45 – 2:15 Tracy Thornton Steel Drums

2:30 – 3:20 Flatland Tourists Carolinas Music Awards 2015 Americana Band of the Year

3:25 – 3:45 Hardin Minor Parade, Belly Dancers

3:45 – 4:30 Randy Franklin & The Sardines  with Robb Thorne & Pat Walters

4:15 Hair-Cutting Ceremony + 4:30 – 5:00 Tracy Thornton+Sipe+Kevin Spears

4:30 May Pole Dance

5:15 – 6:05 Get Right Band

6:15 – 6:50 Kevin ‘Kalimbaman’ Spears

7:15 – 8:45 The KRÜGER BROTHERS

9:00– 10:00 Jeff Sipe Trio (with Special Guest Mark Sanders of The Steep Canyon Rangers!) Have a Listen

10:30 – 11:30 Drum Circle Finalé!

The KRÜGER BROTHERS Internationally acclaimed, über accomplished "bluegrassical" pickers & grinners ::  Kruger_bio 12 hour YogA Thon (Charlotte area's finest practices collaborating to keep it Deep and Flowing) All Day (Late Night!) DRUM CIRCLE !!   IMG_3239a

DS '13 Hannah Ford Welton :: Prince

RHYTHM is a sneaky thing :: it's been known to find its way across borders, influence cultures and infiltrate our psyche ...

Some of the planet's greatest players are using this 'instrument of mass percussion' to do great good.

Mickey Hartimage001 Mickey Hart  supporting DRUMSTRONG © Jay Blakesberg   stagefrom audience Railroad Earth @DS'14

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Greg Whitt   Drum For Change

Dave Holland  Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events

Tomoko 'Tomtom' Yokota Orange Boom Boom

Noripen Yonezawa :: Orange Boom Boom  Japan

John Fitzgerald :: REMO Drum Co. LA

Jeff Holland drum4work

John Yost

Jessica Fredricks

Jonathan Murray FunDrumRhythmCircles

Roger Johanson

Mason Swimmer MusicAndSpirit The Lamping Shades

Stacey Surratt

Kennon Knight

Ashley Tisdale

David Drum davidsdrums62@gmail.comBecky Engen engenr@queens.eduDamon Jackson www.aliram.netBecky Watson

Global Facilitators

Arthur Hull :: Village Music Circles World Wide!

Jim Boneau  :: Bluepoint Leadership Seattle

Tomoko 'Tomtom' Yakota :: Orange Boom Boom  Japan

Noriko ' NonNon' Mihara :: Orange Boom Boom  Japan

Rob Zollman :: Vermont

Katy Gaughan :: Music Heals Us Drum Circles Maryland

Rhonwyn & John Hagadorn :: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mike DeMenno :: REMO Drum Co. LA

Lorenzo Rompata :: Rome

Mavie Cartia :: Sicili

Mike Deaton :: Rhythm Playground

Amy Jackson :: DrumRise Atlanta

John Scalici :: Birmingham


:: For Info on Drum Circle Facilitation and training, please visit ::

Village Music CirclesDrum Circle Facilitators Guild and Remo Drum Co.

You GOTTA check this out DRUMSTRONG 2011 YogaThon

DRUMSTRONG has world renowned, professional artists and outrageously phenomenal DrumCircle Facilitators playing with us and directing our rhythmical interchange.


Master Percussionist Peter Erskine and Master Facilitator Arthur Hull   by :: Barry Schwartz

Artists with Heart who support DrumsForCures :: DRUMSTRONG include :: Peter Erskine, Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo, Willie Nelson, Tris Imboden, Arthur Hull, Jonathan Fishman, Rick Latham, Vinx, Jimmy Chamberlin, The Brubeck Brothers, Jim Donovan, Levon Helm (may he rest in Peace), Gerry Brown, Franklin 'Prince' Vanderbilt, Abe Laboriel, Jr, Vicki Randall, Michael Franti, Alphonse Mouzon, Hannah Ford Welton, Zakir Hussein, Otha Young (may he rest in Peace), Eddie Tuduri, Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Richie Gajate Garcia, Emil Richards, Jeff Sipe, Jeff Coffin, Felix Pastorius, Bill Fanning, Kofi Burbridge, Mark Schulman, Leon Mobley, Remo Belli (may he rest in Peace), Dr. Ami Belli, Dr. Angelo Belli, Johnny Rabb, J.R. Robinson, Valerie Naranjo, Los Lobos, Sol Driven Train, Mike Seal, Frank 'Thunderdrums' Bloom, Jason Hann, Michael Travis, Jimmy Herring, Dave Schools, Simplified, Bloodkin, Bart Elliot, David Stanoch, NuZuLu, Daniel Glass, Peter Tork, Leland Sklar, Rick Shlosser, Ed Shaughnessy (may he rest in Peace), Jack DeJohnette, Pat Petrillo, Jim Brock, The Lamping Shades, The Dude Abdules, Mike Meadows, Jai Uttal, Daniel Paul, Christine Stevens, Joe Porcaro, The Bacon Brothers, Jason Roberts, Hymns Band, The Candles, Norah Jones, Greg 'G Wiz' Wieczorek, Travis Baker, Elliott Randall, Ritchie DeCarlo, Bill Payne, Richie Hayward (may he rest in Peace), Wally Ingram, Walfredo de los Reyes, Wally de los Reyes Jr, Danny de los Reyes, Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker, Luke Quaranta, Toubab Krewe, Keller Williams, Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Grundy, Ralph MacDonald (may he rest in Peace), Robin Wilson, Mike Peters, Glenn Tilbrook, Dave Wakelin, Matt Sorum, Dread Zepplin, Zoro, Phil Collins, Chester Thompson, Cameron Tummel, Max Weinberg, Kevin "KalimbaMan" Spears, David "Fingers" Haynes, John Densmore, Rod Morganstein, Ed Toth, Tuatha Dea, Drew Hester, Stanton Moore, John Kadlecik, Katy Gaughan, Djesben, Joe Russo, Sikiru Adepoju, Matt Butler, Lauren Monroe, Rick Allen, Steve Campbell, Lindsey Rust, Roy Futureman Wooten, Victor Wooten, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Samuel Dinkins III, N'dugu Chancler, Scott Kettner, Michael Shrieve, Ronn Dunnett, Matt Abts, Kris Myers, Umphrey's McGee, YonRico Scott, Pete Escovedo, Maria Howell, Jim Brock, Donnie Marshall, Rick Blackwell, Luke Smith, Charlie Adams, Jim Avett, Paulo Mattioli (may he rest in Peace), Garry Kvistad, Rick Kvistad, Pete Levin, Chet Doboe, David Murphy, STS9, Donnie Marple, Simplified, 7 Walkers, Mike Donovan, DrumBum, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph, Bill Kreutzman, Eric McFadden, Abbey Rader, Jason Bitner, Mike Dupke, Jim Keltner, George Porter, Jr, Terrence Houston, Michael Lemmler, Brint Anderson, Khris Royal, Sticks & Skins, Tom Roady (may he rest in Peace), Forrest Richardson, Seven Antonopulos, Earl Slick, Dennis Stauffer (may he rest in Peace), Billy Amendola, Matty Amendola, Jim Catalano,  Johhny Craviotto, Rich Redmond, Mindy Abovitz, Poncho Sanchez, John Good, Don Lombardi, Steve Ferrone, Nick Mason, Todd Sucherman, Shauney Baby Recke, Terry Bozzio, Alex Bailey, Chris Brown, Sam Bush, Simon Phillips, Vic Firth (may he rest in Peace), Nikki Glaspie, Butch Norton, Mamady, Harvey Mason, Billy Chambers, Liberty DeVitto, David Segal, Dom Fumalaro, Dame Evelyn Glennie, JEns & Uwe Kruger, Joel Landsberg, Sven Kasakowski ...

It is with heavy heart that I post this memory of Remo Belli 1927-2016.


Remo was a positive, forward-thinking gentleman that had his thumb on the pulse of drummer's needs, created beautiful, practical, sustainable percussion solutions, and had a passion to benefit all aspects of community through rhythm.
He was the first industry giant to embrace DRUMSTRONG.
Within 28 seconds of meeting him over 10 years ago, he gave me sound advice. As he pointed to my DRUMSTRONG T-shirt which had our first logo on the front that read BEAT IT! BEAT IT! BEATing cancer! he said, "You can't say that. You can't claim that you are beating cancer. You are making beautiful efforts towards that end."
I went home and changed the logo on all of our promo (which stands today,10 yrs later) to DRUMSTRONG 'drumming to BEAT cancer'.
To Ami, Angelo and the entire REMO family, I share your loss and pray that his memory soon brings warm smiles to all .. just as his ingenious innovations and magnanimous intentions will do for all time...


John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Further)


Mickey Hart


Tris Imboden (Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Chicago)


Hannah Ford Welton (Prince)


Steve Campbell, Franklin "Prince" Vanderbilt, Lindsey Rust   by :: Barry Schwartz

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Jeff Coffin (Mutet, Dave Matthews Band)


Scott, Rick Latham, Vernon Lewis, Cameron Tummel   by :: Barry Schwartz


Felix Pastorius

drumSTRONGThe Brubeck Brothers, Vinx, Jim Donovan, Jim Brock & Friends


Jim Donovan (Rusted Root, Sun Warriors)


Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee)

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Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton, Aquarian Rescue Unit, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, everybody!)

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Gerry Brown  (Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross) & Alphonse Mouzon (Weather Report) may he RIP