Jim Donovan Music

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About Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Faculty member at Saint Francis University, is a master facilitator, inspirational trainer and world-class musician with over 25 years of leadership, teaching and performance experience. Donovan has presented hundreds of events across the US and Europe where he has helped many thousands of people learn effective ways to consciously lead, connect and live healthier, more productive lives.


As a member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root, he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.


Donovan was recently voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University where he is Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. He also holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh.


He is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers trainings to organizations that teach people how to facilitate creative group music-making as a way to enhance wellness and social connection. These trainings include specialized, evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in the addiction and recovery environment.


He regularly works in the corporate and university environment where he offers team building and wellness programs.  A short list of clients include Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, and Vanguard.
In addition to his music and education credentials, Donovan holds the position of “Head Dishwasher” at his home in Western, PA that he shares with his wife and three amazing kids.