Frank Thompson
Leading the Community Drum Circle, June 14, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

Frank Thompson
Frank Thompson is the Founder of the AZ Rhythm Connection (www.azrhythmconnection.com) and has been facilitating rhythm for over 25 years. Frank has been involved with Rhythm his entire life. Frank was born into a musical family. Frank's initial foray into rhythm was as a singer during his youth. Although he was singing, his eyes were always on the drummers and percussion players in the band who kept the beat.

Frank founded "Classic Moment Entertainment" in San Diego and spent 12 years running a successful mobile music and DJ business. During this time he also became very involved in helping to bring Caribbean music to the San Diego scene as a supporting member of Prophet Productions.

Frank's rhythm and drum circle facilitation took root with Classic Moment Entertainment. Every event that he was involved in turned into a facilitated full-blown percussion experience.

Frank's introduction to the Djembe, West African Drumming and Drum Circles was via Paulo Mattioli in 1991. He has been hooked since the first moment of seeing Paulo working the Groove at San Diego's Street Scene. Frank quickly purchased his first Djembe from Paulo and was on his way to hand drumming happiness.

Further introduction and mentoring into drum circles came via John Yost, Remo Facilitator, and founder of the exceptionally successful, Rhythm Revolution in Chicago. Frank considers John to be his most important mentor. Through John, Frank met and studied with Arthur Hull, the world's foremost practitioner and leader of drum circle facilitation. Frank has attended the Hawaii Playshop and weekend trainings with Arthur. Frank is thankful to have teamed up with Lorin Evangelista of AZ Drum and Dance for over two years (97-2000). The partnership led to a successful launch of drum classes and the offering of many workshops featuring some of the best West African Drummers and Dancers in the world such as: Mamady Keita, Abdoul Doumbia, Dibo, Moustapha Bangoura and others.

Prescott Public LibraryThe Chaparral MusicFest Community Drum Circle is sponsored by the Prescott Public Library.