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Women Drummers International was created in 2006 by Carolyn Brandy and Jackie Thomason. Our mission is to encourage and empower women and girls with the message and healing power of the drum. The creation of the Born To Drum Women’s Drum Camp was to give incredible international women teachers/performers a supportive atmosphere in which to teach and share their culture and craft; as well as to create a safe place for women to be in the company of inspirational women drummers, healers, and artists.


  • President:
    Carolyn Brandy
  • Treasurer:
    Rana Halpern
  • Secretary:
    Esther (Malke) Singer

Board of Directors

  • Carolyn Brandy
  • Malke Singer
  • Amikaeyla Gaston
  • Mar Stevens
  • Trinity Watkins
  • LaFonda Traore

Variety of Programs Offered Over the Years

  • Born To Drum Women’s Drum Camp, started in 2006. It is WDI’s most important program and happens every summer.
  • Drum Sundays, once a month drumming workshops with our Born To Drum faculty members; 
  • The Maestra Series, concert production of outstanding women musicians; 
  • Embracing Our Heartbeat, an online drumming festival.
  • Take Drums to Heart, a community service program to take drums into the schools.

Contact Us

c/o Jeannie Little
5169 Fleming Ave.
Oakland, CA 94619-3237
Please use contact form on front page
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Nonprofit Status

Women Drummers International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-deductible organization. Donations to Women Drummers International are tax deductible.