Who We Are
Drum n Fun founder and director Sheila McEntee has led drum circles and other rhythm events in the Charleston, West Virginia, community for many years. In 2009, she received a grant from the West Virginia
Commission on the Arts to study drum circle facilitation with Village Music Circles’ Arthur Hull, known as the Father of the Modern Drum Circle (www.villagemusiccircles.com). In 2011, further funding from the Commission on the Arts enabled Sheila to train in the “Health Rhythms” protocol, a research-based group drumming technique proven to help strengthen the immune system, manage stress, lower blood pressure, and contribute to an improved sense of well-being. Sheila has also studied extensively with musician and master drum circle facilitator Jim Donovan (www.jimdonovandrums.com).
Among the organizations for which Sheila has led drum circles and other rhythm events are the following:
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Charleston
- Edgewood Summit Retirement Community
- West Virginia University
- Charleston Catholic High School
- Piedmont Elementary School
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation Creative Capers Summer Camp
- International Women’s Day Celebration
- Charleston’s Annual FestivALL, “A City Becomes a Work of Art” Celebration
- Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley
In addition to her drum circle facilitation practice, Sheila plays percussion with Appalachian Celtic Consort, a Charleston-based band performing Irish and Scottish traditional music and old-time tunes, and the djembe trio Three Beats to the Wind.
Drum n Fun music facilitator Al Peery is a percussionist and trombonist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from West Virginia State University. He has performed with a multitude of ensembles over the years, including The Mel Gillispie Orchestra, Still Portrait, The Velvet Brothers, MBQ, Three Beats to the Wind and Blues du Jour.
By day, Al is a computer support technician at PeeryTech and photographer at PeeryPhoto. He enjoys sharing his love of music and drumming, in particular, and has been known to put together a percussion section made up of kitchen utensils when nothing else was at hand.