Circle City Drum Circle

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis based music organizations unite to bring local and visiting communities together through the power of drumming!

Bongo Boy Music/RMC, Music for All, Percussive Arts Society and Remo Inc. are uniting to host the first annual Circle City Drum Circle. With visitors from Indiana, the U.S. and other countries from around the world converging on Indianapolis for the Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, in Lucas Oil Stadium and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the stage is set for an amazing and all inclusive community event.

The drum circle is free to the public and will take place on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 7:00-7:45pm in the Georgia Street Lobby of the Indiana Convention Center. No music experience is needed to be a full participant in this amazing event and hundreds of hand drums and colorful percussion instruments will be provided. Be part of creating something BIG!

Why a Drum Circle?

Facilitated Drum Circles are exciting and fun. They unite people of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels as they share in a creative and expressive rhythmic experience together. “A city as diverse as Indianapolis can always use an opportunity to find connections and common purpose. A huge drum circle is one of the best ways to do it!” says John Fitzgerald from Remo Inc.

Ed Gaus and Lisa Colleen of Bongo Boy Music have been leading drum circles in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana for many years. “From pre-schools to colleges, senior living communities to corporate team building events, wellness centers to rehabilitation programs and large community events – the drum circle has proven to be an effective unity builder, spreading laughter and positive energy to all who participate.”

2017 Drum Circle at Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton, OH

Bongo Boy Music/RMC

Bongo Boy Music School is a private music school located in the Castleton area of Indianapolis started in 2003. Our goal is to provide the best music instruction in the city of Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Here you will find a safe, professional and creative atmosphere to enhance your musical abilities and establish a solid musical foundation. Our instructors are seasoned live, touring, studio and schooled musicians who have years of experience teaching students of all ages, all styles of music and all levels of ability on most instruments including voice, recording and songwriting.

Bongo Boy Recreational Music & Wellness Center:

The Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center is dedicated to providing a safe and fun atmosphere to experience rhythm, music and movement. Welcoming all people regardless of age, culture, gender, with or without musical background, BBRMC provides opportunities to make music and share rhythm & creative expression together in a friendly, non-challenging environment. The focus of our programs and classes centers on rhythm, having fun, connection, discovery and well being.

Music for All

Bands of America Grand National Championships
Presented by Yamaha
November 8-11, 2017
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Music for All is one of America’s leading organizations for music education, whose mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. A non-profit educational organization, Music for All presents more than 30 events annually for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles and chamber ensembles, and has served more than 1.5 million music students and teachers since 1975.  Music for All’s programs include the Bands of America Championships.  More than 100 bands from across nation will perform in America’s most prestigious marching band event – the Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha –November 8-11 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bands from 23 states will compete in two days of prelims on Thursday and Friday, hailing from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Semi-Finals is Saturday, November 11, with the top 12 bands in the Championship Finals Saturday evening. The event includes an Expo and special events for music educators and students. Tickets available at Lucas Oil Stadium, including reserved seats for Finals. See the schedule and follow coverage throughout the event at

Percussive Arts Society

The Percussive Arts Society is the world’s largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. PAS has over 5,000 members, with 47 chapters located across the United States and an additional 21 chapters abroad. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, our mission is to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world

PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention)
November 8-11, 2017
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Every year, PAS hosts the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), which features over 100 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations given by the finest artists from all over the world. PASIC17 will showcase all areas of percussion — drum set, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness. The convention’s International Drum and Percussion Expo will include more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest in percussion instruments, gear, publications and services. And, the nationally recognized PASIC Marching Percussion Festival will host competitions for individuals, small ensembles, a marching ensemble interactive clinic, and a DrumLine Battle. Join PAS for one of the largest drum and percussion events in the world!

Remo, Inc.




About Remo:

Remo D Belli was a percussion pioneer. In 1957, he invented the first successful synthetic Mylar® drumheads, today’s industry standard. For over 60 years, Remo, Inc. has constantly and consistently broken new ground when it comes to industry firsts. Ultimately, when it comes to our expertise as a drumhead manufacturer, nothing can touch the technical and musical advantages that Remo Drumheads provide.

The Remo story began after WWII, when experiments were being made with Mylar®, a polyester film made by DuPont®. At that time, Mylar® was used during the war as a heat resistant film for nighttime reconnaissance flights. The unusually durable, inexpensive, weather resistant material that provided previously unattainable pitch, tone and consistency intrigued Remo D Belli, an already successful professional drummer. Remo began his legacy with the Weatherking® drumheads, the first commercially successful synthetic drumhead design.

Throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Remo continued to innovate and became the world’s drumhead specialist in virtually every category from percussionists and orchestral timpanists to drum corps, jazz, blues and rock. Technical innovation never before imagined in drumheads reached new heights, thanks to new laminations, processes and coatings found in other Remo firsts such as Controlled Sound™ , Pinstripe®, Smooth White™ , Powerstroke®, Fiberskyn®, Suede®, Renaissance®, Nuskyn®, Skyndeep® and Comfort Sound Technology™ . Understanding how drumheads should be designed, and how they should ultimately sound, soon became our foundation for other applications such as Drumset, Marching, Concert, Recreational, Health & Wellness and World Percussion. In 1983, Remo launched the World Percussion product line using Acousticon® Shells, a 100% recycled wood fiber. The result was more than a revolution in lightweight, durable, great sounding drums. It marked a seismic shift in the availability of a broad range of ethnic drums for the recreational and professional applications, and helped create the global community of drummers today.

Anyone who has experienced a drum circle, jam or performance knows the transformative effect of rhythm. It moves, inspires and thrills. From street corners, parks, beaches, community centers, wellness centers, concerts and schools, drums are tools that connect us on a deep rhythmic level. Drumming is an interactive community tool that promotes wellbeing and life enhancement. At Remo, we are committed to ensuring that everyone has a chance to revel in this activity. Through our ongoing efforts, the professional, the enthusiast, the children, the elderly, the at-risk, and those with disabilities are brought the joy of drumming.

At Remo, sustain isn’t only a dimension of sound. We are proud to say that Remo, Inc. has always been at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing. We were the first to successfully introduce an alternative to calfskin drumheads and traditional wood drum shells with Remo film processing technology and Acousticon® drum shells, respectively. We’ve been recognized for environmentally responsible manufacturing every year since 1998 by winning the WRAP Award. (California Waste Reduction Award Program). We are also sustaining jobs by continuing to manufacture in the USA, and we continue to push the limits of drumhead and drum technology while limiting our impact on the environment.

We are focused on developing and delivering quality accessories, instruments and programs for use in addressing all levels and aspects of global drumming activities. All of these combined efforts are what make Remo a worldwide leader in the percussion, lifestyle and specials needs industries.

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Georgia Street Lobby,
Indiana Convention Center
FREE and Open to the Public!

Percussive Arts Society, Remo, Inc., Bongo Boy Music/RMC, Music for All

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