Combat Veterans Find Peace Through Drumming

The North Canton Public Library is honored to host Warrior Beat and a number of the veterans who have found hope and healing through the organization’s drum therapy program for an advocacy and fundraising event, Drumming with Heroes, Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to meet World War II P-51 pilot, Bob Withee. Warrior Beat CEO and chief facilitator, Trevor Meyer, met Withee through Warrior Beat’s drum therapy program at Heritage Villas,
a senior living facility in North Canton. “We meet a lot of amazing veterans through our programs and Bob just really inspired our team. I mean it’s not often you get to spend time with a World War II vet who was shot down four times in combat. Bob is the definition of a hero,” said Meyer, a Navy Veteran.

Warrior Beat recently gifted Withee with a drum painted by local artist Terry Fairchild. The drum features an image of the P-51 plane Withee flew in the war as a tribute to his service.

The drum painted for Withee inspired four Vietnam combat veterans who are associated with Warrior Beat
to use their own artistic talents to paint drums that will be auctioned to raise funds for the organization. “We have these great guys who served in Vietnam and drum with us and volunteer their time to help us and I had no idea they were artists. I’m blown away by their talent,” said Meyer. The four drums will be sold via silent auction at the Drumming with Heroes event. Funds raised through sale of the painted drums will help to put drums in the hands of more Stark County veterans.

In addition to meeting veterans and bidding on drums, those who attend Drumming with Heroes will have opportunities to join a drum circle led by Meyer, to visit information tables staffed by local organizations offering service to veterans and to peruse the vast collection of related materials offered in the North Canton Public Library’s collection of books, movies and more.

Warrior Beat is a non-profit organization that promotes healing, well-being, reintegration and fellowship for military veterans through professionally facilitated group drumming. Drumming focuses attention and entrains brainwave activity leading to the alleviation of severe anxiety, depression and other symptoms associated with PTSD and substance abuse recovery.

For additional information about the Drumming for Heroes event, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.