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Steve Campbell
Musical Director

Steve Campbell is a professional musician, performer, recording artist, and educator. He is co-founder, owner, and director of Dancing Drum.
Choosing to work in education outside the traditional classroom, Steve brings his credentialed teacher experience and 20+ years of music study, teaching, and performance to Dancing Drum, where his musical talents are matched with his teaching excellence.

Steve is a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays djembe, djun-djun, drum kit, balafon, xylophone, steel drum, congas, and a variety of other percussion. He also specializes in composition.

Steve has recorded on numerous studio albums, including one with Senegalese sabar drum master Bara M'Boup and another with Grammy-winning Cuban percussionist Luis Conte. Over the past 15 years, he has played in several noteworthy drum groups, percussion ensembles, and world music bands, sharing the stage with Jack Johnson, Zach Gill, Kenny Loggins, Luis Conte, Thomas Mapfumo, Lagniappe Brass Band, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, the Wild Magnolias, MikeyB3, Functus, and The Soul Project.

Steve has been a featured clinician at many music conferences throughout the US and Asia, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Music China in Shanghai, NAMM Music Education Days in Anaheim, at state music education conferences in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, and at regional music education associations throughout the US.

Steve graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a B.A. degree in Zoology and earned a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2002.
Steve has traveled to many countries to study drumming, percussion, and dance, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Thailand, Guatemala, and Belize. He has also immersed in the drumming traditions of New Orleans music.

Artistic & Managing Director 

Lindsay Rust is co-founder, owner, and director of Dancing Drum. A multi-talented artist, writer, and educator, her years of experience in teaching, researching, and performing have built a strong foundation for her contributions to Dancing Drum.

Musically, Lindsay specializes in ballet-style djuns, congas, and xylophone, as well as composition. She has shared the stage and recorded with Grammy-winning Cuban percussionist Luis Conte, and has performed alongside Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Zach Gill (Jack Johnson), djembefola Dramane Kone, Louis "FanFan" Damas of Haiti, and numerous friends and musicians from New Orleans and many other places throughout the world.
Since founding Dancing Drum with Steve Campbell in 2002, Lindsay has played an integral role in growing the company from a small, regional arts organization into a nationally recognized leader in arts education. Lindsay has co-authored, designed, and published six books under the Dancing Drum Publications imprint, with an emphasis on developing cross-curricular content for music educators that connects drumming with other subject areas like visual art, geography, social studies, language arts, and character education/SEL.

Lindsay graduated from Northwestern University with two degrees, a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology and a B.A. in Art Theory & Practice. After college, she served 2+ years as a Community Development Agent in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. 
Upon returning to the US, Lindsay worked as a writer and illustrator for local and national media, a booking agent and manager for Nigerien Afropop band Mamar Kassey, and as mask-maker for award-winning theater companies (Boxtales) and the Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara, California. Her mask work has been exhibited nationally and featured on the Discovery Channel. She shares her knowledge of masks through workshops, as well as in the visual arts activities included in Dancing Drum's publications. See her art and design portfolio here.

Lindsay has traveled to many countries to study drumming, percussion, and dance, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Thailand, Guinea, Guatemala, and Belize. She has also immersed in the drumming traditions of New Orleans music, and looks forward to more music research travels in the future.