Deborah Peyton is the Owner and Lead Facilitator of Austin Rhythm & Drum


Deborah Peyton

I heard the call of West African drumming 13 years ago, after retiring as an Army Officer and spending years in corporate executive sales and business development consulting.  From that point on, my life has been transformed by the hand drumming instrument called “the Djembe”, and West African music!

My experience with this powerful instrument along with the connectivity created by group music making and drumming, inspire my love and passion for drumming and facilitating. Now, I perform with local groups and bands, facilitate customized programs, and drum at community drum circles all over the country. 

My mission for Austin Rhythm & Drum is to serve the community by sharing and creating welcoming, uplifting, connecting, and inspiring rhythm and drum programs and events. My wish is that each individual and group will have their own transformative experience! 

I have delivered program to companies and organizations both nationally and internationally, including Tiffany’s, Hologic, Texas Health & Human Services, Lake Austin Spa & Resort, The Four Seasons Hotel, and many more. I hope your organization is next!

Trained & Experienced Facilitator

Deborah’s rhythm and drum facilitation training has been under the guidance of Jim Donavan, Bill Scheidt, Remo HealthRhythms with Frank Thompson, and Arthur Hull. She is also a graduate of a residential, one-year, West African Drum Instructor Training Program. Deborah is also a Lead Facilitator for Sewa Beats, facilitating corporate and organizational programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.