I've been a performing artist for most of my life. I'm classically trained, and have been playing the drums since 1968. My love for drumming started as an outlet for childhood hyperactivity, and I went on to be the lead snare drummer in the school marching band, then went on to work as a symphony percussionist. (I needed to unlearn a lot of it in order to loosen up, be able to improvise, and be an effective drum circle facilitator.)
After moving to Florida in the 70’s, I played percussion in various bands and orchestras, toured and recorded as a session musician with a number of them.
I also started my acting career while in Florida. I moved to New York briefly, then on to Los Angeles, where, for 15 years, I worked as a musician, and a character actor. I appeared in a number of TV shows, films, and commercials. I was also a frequent guest performer on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for 8 seasons. I'm a member of two performing arts unions.
I've been attending and facilitating drum circles for over 30 years. I think it helps to keep me sane. Over the years, I've trained and advised many top rated facilitators around the country. I’ve facilitated drumming events for the U.S. ARMY Chief Of Chaplains Religious Education Conference, Jazz Festivals, County State Fairs, The Florida Festivals & Events Association's Convention Trade Show, as well as many other major groups and companies, including OSI Restaurant Partners, Outback, on over to smaller groups, such as churches, schools, college sorority reunions, weddings, senior centers, and special needs groups. I was also a faculty member who taught drumming at The Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
I’ve released a 2 hour DVD titled, “101 Drum Circle Rhythms”, and two CD sets of live drum circle music. I have two books out, “A Practical Guide to Hand drumming and Drum Circles” ($8 on Amazon Kindle.) and the other one on acting, and breaking into the business titled, “An Actor’s Face”. ($6 on Kindle.) All of my materials are available at most digital retailers.
Thanks in advance if you purchase one of my books, rhythms DVD, or drum circle music CD sets. The majority of the proceeds go to drum repairs, and work in our community. Thanks also for helping to support an independent musician. I sincerely appreciate it.
I believe in helping people discover their own sense of rhythm, at their own pace.
Shannon (SL) Ratigan