The Main Event



October 21, 2023

Kicking Off the Queen City Jam Sessions

¡Let FreeeeDrum Ring!

DRUMSTRONG 2023′ 17th Anniversary :: encouraging Restoration, Healing and Deliverance through Rhythm.


This is what DRUMSTRONG 2023 felt like at the Neighborhood Theatre 10-21-23 Hosted by QUEEN CITY Jam Session

Warm, intimate, inclusive, intentional .. with tasty grooves.

DRUMSTRONG 2023 video

10 :: 21 :: 2023




‘DS 2023’ DRUMSTRONG’s 17th Anniversary will be hosted by the good people at MAXX Music and the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC. This year’s event will kick off the Queen City Jam Sessions weekend and will be the beneficiary of proceeds raised!
Join in supporting cancer survivorship, education, research and humanitarian efforts by sharing your pulse and building community …
Saturday • October 21, 2023 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM (EST)

The Neighborhood Theatre • NoDa •Queen City Jam Sessions

511 E 36th St, Charlotte, N.C. 28205  MAP Follow signs for parking

The non-stop Drum Circle will feature world-class facilitation, live feeds from DRUMSTRONG events globally, virtual visits to the Children’s Hospitals, REMO the (fire-breathing) Dragon, and an extraordinary array of world class music and sweet vibes all weekend.


The main event is Free!
Donations are most welcomed! We have created a new chapter to support health and humanitarian needs in the foremost pediatric oncology center in Eastern Europe. DRUMSTRONG ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ Ukraine Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital. Children in active treatment, war-injured and orphaned enjoy our regular, uplifting rhythm therapy sessions where a moment of positive distraction allows healing to take root.
Funds raised will boost support for DRUMSTRONG’s ‘Rhythm Aid Projects’ at the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine, Levine Children’s Hospital, Levine Cancer Institute, Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research, MusicLand, and DS efforts facilitating interactive rhythm events globally.

You will need to purchase a Day or Weekend ticket to stay and enjoy the Queen City Jam Sessions after the Drum Circle.

For the health and safety of our elderly & medically fragile participants (and ALL) we encourage individuals to wear masks to come out and play.


Cities around the world who are able to safely gather will be joining us via webcast.

:: Instruments ::

You are welcomed to bring your own special, favorite percusion maker(s). If you don’t have a drum, we have lots of stuff to bang on…

:: Drum Instruction :: Learn to Play :: There will be on-site, in-motion hand drum instruction.

:: Drum Circle Facilitators ::

We have World Class, professional, outrageously phenomenal DrumCircle Facilitators present to play with us and direct our rhythmical interchange.

They will keep our rhythm in motion non-stop :: Join in at your leisure or make it your Goal to DRUM LONG.

:: Global connections ::

DRUMSTRONG events are held in cities all over the world. Folks all playing together simultaneously; drumming via webcast with the same intentions :: to BEAT cancer.

see ::  Home Page “Where in the World are We?” for your Global connection.

If you can’t make it out to the pastures, join or organize a DRUMSTRONG DRUMCircle in your village. See the drumSTRONG handBOOK

Check the list of cities participating this year. Talk to [email protected] for details.

:: Media ::

The Great Powers will be listening. TV and radio personalities, newspaper and magazines will be present during the course of the event. The entire event will be web-cast, film and photo documented.

   *drum circle* multiple and varied percussion instruments rhythmically struck to create a harmonic vibration by multiple and varied human instruments sharing their rhythmical spirit while creating community–not necessarily ‘in the round’ (or in that order…).

Please contact Scott Swimmer at [email protected] or call 704.996.9170 if your company is interested in being a Sponsor, Exhibitor or a Vendor at our events.