Stephen Bell is a retired educator having spent 32 years in education, the final 21 years as Middle School principal in the Springville-Griffith Institute CSD in Western New York. Music has been an integral part of his life since beginning drum lessons in elementary school. Forty-nine years ago, he was introduced to hand drumming and the mesmerizing pulses of African rhythms. The enjoyment Steve received in working with staff and students and his life-long involvement with percussion led naturally to facilitating drum circles - a perfect melding of two passions. As a result, he has pursued training in facilitating circles for wellness and full participatory enjoyment. This comprehensive training has included workshops in rhythm circle facilitation, sound empowerment, and drumming for wellness, leading to his accepted membership in the International Drum Circle Facilitators’ Guild. Through an intense two day training Steve recently received certification as a HealthRhythms Facilitator.