Cornell W. Coley, M.Ed.

Arts & Diversity Educator, Therapeutic Drummer

Drum Circle Facilitator

Bandleader - Afrika Gente & VINTAGE

Africa, Caribbean, Brazil, US Music, Dance & Culture






~ HealthRHYTHMS Trained

~ Drum Circle Facilitator's Guild Certified

~ NEST Approved for Touring


Cornell Coley and instruments.

Drumming and Diversity Instructor

- K- 12 school, after-school, colleges, community centers, hospitals and medical centers

- therapeutic drum circles for schools, hospitals, clinics and youth centers


Cultural Curriculum Developer

- African Diaspora (scattering from the homeland) in the US, Caribbean, Mexico, South & Central America & Brazil


Solo Performer - "A Fascinating Rhythm" interactive program with drums & folkloric instruments, dance and songs - for all ages


Bandleader - "Afrika Gente" band --- Latin jazz, zouk, soca, soucous, afro-beat, jazz and samba

"VINTAGE" band - Latin, jazz & pop for senior living centers




Cornell Coley teaching.



A reflective, insightful individual who brings to his work in the arts, in education and in the community a genuine understanding of the creative process.

Linda Beardsley, Massachusetts Department of Education


 " ...fantastic and a great personality. Refocused the energy on the unit.   Favorite by far! ... great job getting many of us out of our shell."

  Butler Hospital, RI          


"Exceeded my expectations!  The audience participation component also made the performance especially memorable."

Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, Education Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


"...I am not quite sure how you managed to get such a large array of novice percussionists and dancers to all work was magic!... participation all the way from the back row!"

AAnn Hbrowshy - Worcester Public Library



                                CURRENT & COMING UP!



"A Fascinating Rhythm"

Dorchester Academy                                         November 22




Hyde Square Task Force

Musicians in Community (MIC)                          2012 - Present


CLASS Inc. Wlimington & Andover                   Fall 2014 - Winter 2015

 ~  therapeutic drumming - adults with Autism


Boston Public Schools                                       October 2014 - March 2015

      ~Edison Middle School


~ Wellfleet Green Beats Summer Program      2009 - Present




~upon request




Since 2005   ~ Toddler Drum Circle facilitator at Spontaneous Celebrations Community Center in Jamaica Plain, MA

*Cornell facilitates the last Saturday of each month - otherwise facilitated by Jaymz Purtle

 ~ also booking upon request~

"AFRIKA GENTE" & VINTAGE  ~Afro-Latin Jazz, Pop & Folkloric Music

Sparks for the Arts! Awards Ceremony                             - November 6

Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA

The Beating Heart: New Paintings by Maddu Huacuja    - December 6

Black Indian Inn, Dorchester, MA

* Duo with Cornell Coley and Shaw Pong Liu (










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