Russell Buddy Helm was classically trained from the age of eight and has performed and recorded with many greats: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Tim Buckley, Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Bethlehem Asylum, Mike Bloomfield, Kinky Friedman, Big Joe Turner, and many others, and also on soundtracks for Ron Howard and other filmmakers. He wrote the Star Wars comic strips for George Lucas. He was also post-production supervisor for Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing, and other Lorimar television shows. Since 1987, he has been teaching drumming meditation in Santa Monica, California. He previously toured the US and Europe as a rock drummer in the 70s then began touring again in 1990 across the US, Australia, and Japan teaching healing drumming meditation to a growing number of people who are not always drummers, but instinctively feel the desire to play a hand drum to experience healing grooves.