Community Centers

 Drum One, Drum All

How to Build Community Using Interactive Music Making
By John Yost C.P.R.P.

Watch the video below,

to see John in action at the 2019 National Park and Recreation Association Conference


  • Making music is fun! Bring energy and excitement to your events.
  • Drumming and percussion are some of the most accessible instruments to start with. There is no experience necessary, no lessons, no restrictions and no barriers.  Drumming is accessible to everyone.
  • When people make music together they communicate with the notes; transcending language barriers.
  • It’s inter-generational. Groups of all ages can enjoy time together drumming.
  • It is a great tool for self expression and can easily include movement to the music.


A professional facilitator has training, equipment and experience which helps to create great experiences for participants and the hiring organization.
A facilitator’s job is to make it easy for the participants and the group to play together. If the group is listening to itself and is able to sustain the groove, the facilitator is able to just be a participant.  It can be helpful to have a facilitator as they can help inclusivity, desired norms and maintain structure based upon outcomes and objectives of the recreational organization’s goals.


Drum circle facilitator’s guild is a great resource as most facilitators there are trained and may hold various certifications.  A local google search can also help find some. 

ABOUT JOHN YOST:  Master Facilitator, Rhythmatist and Educator

John Yost facilitates and presents at conferences, corporate events, school functions and major gatherings worldwide. Serves his community in Chicago by facilitating a free monthly community drum circle and teaches weekly West African and Japanese drum classes.
     John received a B.A. from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Leadership from Northwestern University.   After studying with Master Percussionists in Africa, Japan, and the USA, John authored “John Yost teaches,” a best-selling instructional video series. 
     Yost is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (C.P.R.P.), a member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, on the board of the Interactive Drumming Committee for the Percussive Arts Society, and is endorsed by Remo™ and Ensoul Music Designs™. John is currently obtaining certification as a Village Music Circle Global Trainer.
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Finding Drum Circles:
Village Music Circles
Books & Video:
Drum Circle Spirit and Drum Circle Facilitation by Arthur Hull
The Art and Heart of Drum Circles By Christine Stevens
Health Rhythms Protocal Manual  by Christine Stevens and  Dr. Barry Bittman.
The Healing Power Of The Drum  by  Dr. Lawrence Friedman
Professional Organizations:  Percussive Arts Society International Conference- Interactive drumming committee sponsored workshops, clinics and drum circles.The mecca of all things drum and percussion related.  Drum Circle Facilitators Guild and their conference.  Search for professional facilitators by location.  Everything drum circle facilitator related.