Jim Donovan Music

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Connect. Empower. Inspire.

About Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan is a musician, teacher, trainer and motivator whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people. In his work, Donovan records, performs, writes, and offers workshops in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm, drumming and the voice as vehicles for personal growth, healing, and the creation of community.


He was a founding member of the 90's band Rusted Root who've sold over 3 million records to date. He was also voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! Magazine. He has appeared on the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien shows and his music with the band is featured major motion pictures such as Ice Age, Twister, Mathilda as well as on network TV shows American Idol and Party of Five. 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.

Donovan holds a BA in Music Performance from the University of Pittsburgh and is completing graduate work in Education Leadership at Saint Francis University where he is also on faculty. Donovan is involved in research at Saint Francis where he has developed a training program that teaches Occupational Therapists, medical professionals, parents and teachers how to use percussion techniques as a complementary intervention for autistic and children with other disabilities. Donovan is an author, dedicated husband and father of three.