Community Drum Circles

Community Drum Circles

Drumming is an activity that is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. Katy provides the drums and instruments and her masterful facilitation gets everyone drumming and making music together in minutes! Impromptu, collaborative music making creates connections and breaks down barriers. Plus it is exciting and fun!

Katy has provided the vivacious energy of drum circles to a wide variety of populations including special needs children and adults and seniors in assisted living facilities.

Drum circles are an excellent activity for community events, team building, festivals, private celebrations, church worship, school assemblies or staff retreats.


Chana Kaplan

Katy is the absolute best drum instructor/company we have ever worked with! She has a talent to engage every type of crowd. All ages -all abilities -everyone absolutely loves when Katy comes! She comes highly recommended

Chana Kaplan, Friendship Circle Maryland
Laura Bratton

The drumming was a good experience for me. In loud situations I lose my spatial perception because of the volume of noise. So I did not know how it was going to go. It went great! I was able to focus on the rhythm of the different instruments and enjoy it. Since we were not trying to talk or move around it was not a problem at all! You set such a welcoming and energetic atmosphere that I was not worried about anything! I knew if I was confused about something it would not matter.  so thank you for a great session!

Laura Bratton, a blind participant in a drum circle for Shalem Institute

Brian Butler

Katy Gaughan’s Drum Circle is an experience not to be missed. They have performed for our 4th of July Celebration for six consecutive years, and each time they end with more flare. Katy’s energy resonates throughout the crowd, while the drummers tap their way into the minds of all in attendance. By allowing the audience to participate with dance, drums and many other instruments, the circle is elevated to another level filled with Love, Laughter, Pride, and Unity. This is an experience not to missed.

Brian Butler, Greenbelt Recreation 

Parish Hawkins

You were AWESOME !!! As well as your team! It was unbelievable. Thank you again for being ever so present, especially during the lockdown! I’m so sorry about that.

Parish Hawkins, Recreational Programmer, Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, Department of Parks and Recreation, M-NCPPC/SPD

Emily Lawrence

The drum circle event that you facilitated with my teens with disabilities over the summer (July 15th @ PG Ballroom) was so successful that I would love to schedule another event with you and your grandmother drum!

Emily Lawrence, Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator, Central Area, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Special Programs Division

Maria Salehi

I was showing a video of Ishaaga at the drum circle to an occupational therapist at work. She was so excited and she recognized you and Mark from a circle you did for parks and planning. Her son has some disabilities and she said he had an amazing time with her son at the drum circle.

Maria Salehi, Teacher

John Munson II

Katy is a vivacious, energetic, well-respected, well-credentialed, and caring drum circle leader. Did I mention energetic? As a leader, she moves the rhythm and motivates the players through complex rhythmic patterns, producing an ecstatic experience that can only be participatorily understood. In short, she is AWESOME as are her events!

John Munson II