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4 Questions for Jon Crowder of Peak Rhythms

Jon Crowder

Get ready to bang away with spunky Jon Crowder of Peak Rhythms – and meet him at an upcoming Purim party.

What attracted you to doing drum circles?

I’m proud to say that I’ve been in recovery now for about 15 years from practicing law and haven’t relapsed.  In 1996, I moved to CO from FL and took a break from being a lawyer.  I’ve always loved music and play the guitar, piano, sing, etc…  I stumbled into a drum circle about 12 years ago.  I was wide-eyed and clueless, but it connected.  So, I bought a drum plus some instruments and started doing community drum circles.  It worked.  People loved it.  I started Peak Rhythms in 2003, kept learning, working with different groups, and now have about 150 drums plus loads of percussion instruments.  It is my full time job.  I work with conferences/keynotes, spiritual groups/retreats, schools, sports teams, and organizations.  The most important and magical thing for me is how powerfully and consistently the process connects people at a heart level.

Is there an art to drum circles or is it just a show?

Definitely more art than show.  People want to connect with themselves and others in a real, authentic, and fun way.  The art comes in adapting the metaphors and activities to each group plus being in the moment to facilitate people in a way that creates a safe space for them to have fun, be themselves, and connect with each other in a spirit of community.

What do you plan to do at the Purim party at Chabad of Boulder?

I’ll have drums and instruments for everybody.  We’ll all play music, sing, and more.  No experience is necessary.  Of course, you’re welcome to bring any instruments you’d like to play and share in the circle, just maybe not an electric guitar or full drum set.

What draws you to Boulder?

I’m drawn to Boulder for its cheap housing costs and low taxes.  Seriously, I love the mountains, nature, diverse/great/active people, and all of the musical/spiritual/intellectual opportunities.  What’s not to like?

Drum with Jon at Purim with a Taste of Africa on March 20 at 4 pm at the Jewish Enrichment Center, 4740 Table Mesa Drive Suite B, Boulder.  Enjoy a feast, Purim drum café, parrot show and an honest to goodness Purim Party. Click here for more information and click here to register. Sponsored by Chabad of Boulder County.

About Chany Scheiner

Chany Scheiner
Co - Director of Boulder Center for Judaism. Any successful organization needs a heart and that is what Chany provides, along with organization, marketing, innovative programming, and countless Shabbat dinners. Some of her accomplishments are large and public like the annual menorah lighting on Pearl Street and the matzo and shofar factories, while others are quiet and private like the time she spends counseling individuals and sharing the wisdom that comes from study.

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