Bring the Transformative Power of Rhythm to Your Group

Jim Donovan's mission is to bring the connective power of music to everyone. We tailor make every experience according to the needs and goals of your group. 

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As a performer, Donovan writes and records with his rootsy groove-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy to every event he leads- whether they be a conference keynote, corporate team building, educational training or wellness retreat.

Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum 90's band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.

Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making as a way to support wellness and social connection. These events include evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in who work in recovery. 

Jim Donovan and 500 college freshman getting ready to create music together in Minnesota.

Jim Donovan and 500 college freshman getting ready to create music together in Minnesota.



This was a great session! It was energetic, fun and tied really well to our value messages. Especially “Winning Together” and “Courage”. It was a invaluable addition to our meeting!
— Chrissy Stengel Senior Manager, Corporate Communications Del Monte
I would recommend this experience to others, especially the focus on listening skills and the analogies that can be drawn into the work experience, listening to your co-workers, playing a supporting role, a partnering role, an oppositional role, a baseline role, a complementary role.
— Kristi Yager FED EX Ground University
The opening drum session set the beat for our entire event. It was imperative the group started to think as one, and we needed an ice breaker. You helped the top players in Affordable Comfort lead a charge for revolution.This symbolic event will be remembered by all.
— Xavier S. Walter President, The Energy Team
This program is a poignant example of how to be a better leader. Jim created both a visual and physical experience for all of us to tap into and capture. What I most appreciate is the way Jim provides such powerful means for participants to integrate and embody their learning. I love his stories, his energy, and most importantly his gift to connect with both individuals and the entire group. In a word? AWESOME!!!
— Sheri Kay COO and Lead Practice Coach, ACT Dental Practice Coaching
Thank you again for your help with our Women’s Client Institute. You tailored your presentation to fit in with our overall theme of the day, and it was not only informative, but lively and fun! Exactly what we were looking for! Thanks again for being an integral part of this successful event.
— Richard E. Deitrick, Jr., CRPC®, CFP® Vice President Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
The drumming experience that you did for our department retreat was fabulous! Generally, the staff doesn’t really like the retreat, and aren’t wild about the team building exercises but this time it was a huge success thanks to your workshop. We had a great time, and it was a hands-on way to really see (and hear!) that we function as a team.
— Marjorie Bing Stanislaw Westmoreland County, PA Juvenile Corrections
This program was more successful than I could have imagined. I was really impressed with how the workshop was for all of our employees. The learning curve as well as any employee apprehension melted away as the group started drumming in unison. Jim is truly a gifted leader, teacher and facilitator. Six months later employees are still talking about the workshop and referencing the common metaphors. The workshop serves many valuable lessons from Active listening to avoiding ‘paralysis by analysis’ and just trying new challenges. I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop.
— Drayton Foltz Director Smith Performing Arts Center University of Maryland
First, let me just say that this team building event, though hard to believe, surpassed the last one you did. The team and I have both reflected upon and spoke of the event for days. Most specifically, your Sheryl Crow story and how that tied into being “all in” in every aspect of work and life. It was truly transformational for many of my leaders and most especially, me. You truly helped to make my workshop a success!
— Mimran, Aaron, Xfinity Comcast