Meet Jim Greiner

Jim Greiner is a multiple award-winning, internationally acclaimed percussionist, corporate team building drumming pioneer, educator, inspirational speaker and drum circle/community drumming leader. Jim performs, teaches and conducts interactive rhythm sessions worldwide for corporate and community groups from his base in Santa Cruz, in the San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area of California.

Jim has been playing hand drums and percussion instruments since 1970, including two years in Africa where he was profoundly moved by the power of purpose-driven group drumming to build community bonds, invigorate and focus people, release stress and celebrate Life.

Jim plays Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Djembe, Ashiko, Frame Drums, Cajon, Udu, Shekere and other shakers, tambourines, Afucé/Cabasa, Clavés, bells & blocks, cymbals & gongs and percussion sound effects. He performs, records and teaches a wide range of musical styles including, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Latin, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, contemporary & traditional Caribbean & African, and Pop.

“Jim Greiner is an accomplished and versatile percussionist, an outstanding educator and a very strong communicator. his enthusiasm for percussion and positive mind-set is exhibited in every event in which he participates“
– Steve Nigohosian, Artist Relations Manager, Latin Percussion Instruments

Jim’s areas of percussion expertise include:

  • Performance and Recording
  • Facilitating Drum Circles and Community Drumming Programs
  • Conducting Interactive Corporate Team-Building and Conference Ice-Breaking Drumming Programs
  • Percussion Education
  • Rhythm-Based Personal Enrichment and Empowerment Workshops

​Jim is also widely renowned as an expert in the nature of rhythm; how different rhythms effect people in specific ways and in creating positive life rhythms. His Rhythm Power® interactive workshops, corporate and conference programs, instructional videos and percussion playing have won numerous awards, accolades and recognition, including seven Drum! Magazine Reader’s Polls Awards.

Jim has been featured in articles by the international Percussive Arts Society, Drum! Magazine, Drum Business Magazine, Meetings West Magazine, New Age Retailer, local newspapers throughout North America and Europe, and other publications, as well as in broadcasts on PBS, NPR, the Discovery Channel – South America, the BBC, and others.