Jim Donovan is an award winning facilitator, teacher, and performer and was one of the founding members of the multi-platinum selling band Rusted Root from 1990-2005. He regularly offers workshops, concerts and lectures in the US and Europe focusing on using the power of rhythm to assist in consciousness transformation, personal growth, wellness, and building community.
He is the author of the inspirational book "Serving the Groove" and is featured columnist in Drum! Magazine.
Donovan's work with Rusted Root has been featured in major motion films such as Ice Age, Twister, Mathilda as well as on various network television shows such as American Idol, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Party of Five and the PBS "Web of Life" documentary. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the stage with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sting, and The Allman Brothers among others.
As a solo artist and teacher, Donovan has released 6 highly acclaimed solo CD's as well as several popular instructional drumming audio and video products. He received his BA in music from the University of Pittsburgh where he had the opportunity to study African Music with noted scholar Kwabena Nketia from Ghana. Currently Donovan is on faculty, doing graduate studies and is involved in research involving with using percussion interventions for special needs children at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.