People have been playing drums together for ages for many different reasons; as part of celebrations, as a way to unite communities, and during spiritual and healing ceremonies.
Rhythm is a universal language!
The modern day drum circle helps faciltate a safe environment where people from all ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and life experiences can join together to create a healing celebration of music and community.
Below is an example of a drum circle in Asheville, NC where community is drawn together, both the drummers and the people enjoying the music and dance.
If you are interested in learning more about Drum Circles check out the following sites...
Drum Circle on Wikipedia - a nice introduction to drum circles with citations to a couple of drum circle books:
DRUMatic Innovation Drum Circles - Good info on drum circles and drums.
Amazon - Amazon offers a number of books/DVDs on drum circles. Below are just a few...