About Arthur Hull

2_arthur_drumsmAs a rhythm ambassador Arthur Hull travels the world inspiring community-building through the metaphor of music. His pioneering Rhythm Facilitation work has touched the lives of thousands of people world-wide instigating the new and growing profession of the community Drum Circle Facilitator.

Arthur is known throughout the world as an inspirational presenter, a skilled group facilitator and a motivational trainer. Bringing Village Music Circles experiences to communities and organizations worldwide, Arthur has inspired a grass-roots movement of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds who have learned to use the impact of rhythm as a means to improve human interaction.

With a mission to make the joy and the impact of rhythm accessible to everyone, Arthur brings his fun and inspirational rhythm experiences to communities from corporate executives to kids at risk. A gifted percussionist and charismatic facilitator, Arthur leads diverse groups through a joyful and inspiring experience using music and rhythm. From small groups to groups of thousands, English speaking to Mandarin, youngsters to elders, Arthur’s wit and humor motivate people beyond cultural and personal barriers inspiring full, enthusiastic participation and community-building.

In 1980 Arthur Hull founded Village Music Circles; instructing over 7000 students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while bringing experiential team-building and leadership events to organizations internationally. Currently he taught over 10,000 students in 34 countries around the world. Organizations from Asia to Europe are tapping into the pulse of team and community-building experiences that Arthur’s motivational music-making inspires.


National Awards

  • 2005 Santa Cruz Calabash Awards, Showcase Honoring Excellence in the Ethnic Arts
  • 2004 Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Gail Rich Award for Art and Culture
  • 2002 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best Drum Circle Facilitator
  • 2001 Infinity Foundation Spirit Award
  • 2000 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best Drum Circle Facilitator
  • 1998 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best World Beat Percussionist
  • 1994 All One Tribe Foundation’s Drumming Education Award


Arthur has been written about in publications including:
The Economist, The LA times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Yoga Journal

Publications by Arthur Hull —

  • Drum Circle Spirit: Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm
  • Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm
  • Drum Circle Facilitation Handbook (spiral bound)
  • Rhythmical Alchemy Playshop - Volume 1: Drum Circle Games

Magazine Articles

  • Percussion Source
  • Drum Magazine
  • World Percussion & Rhythm Magazine
  • World Beat Magazine


  • The Facilitation Video (filmed live at the 2001 Hawaii Playshop)
  • The Video/Book Guide to Endrummingment
  • Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm


  • James Asher and Arthur Hull: Sounding the Stones
  • The Small Village Music Ensemble: Drum Culture
  • The Small Village Music Ensemble: Drummers Journey
  • The Nigerian Highlife Orchestra Katoja
  • Special Fun Band
  • Babatunde Olatunji and African Rain

As a performing musician for over 30 years, Arthur has studied and worked with many renowned percussionists including Babatunde Olatunji, Hamza El Din, and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.


A Signature Series endorsee for REMO Inc. Drums, Arthur has designed many of the drums used in Village Music Circles community drumming events. Arthur also facilitates national and international REMO sponsored events.

Arthur Hull REMO Drum Designs

  • Facilitators’ Sound Shapes
  • Rope-Tuned Djun Djun
  • Facilitators’ 6-Piece Set Nesting Drums
  • Hardware Ashiko Drum
  • Rope-Tuned Ashiko
  • Standing Ngoma Drum