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Barbara
  Keeper of the Beat : A Woman’s Journey
into the Heart of Drumming
is an hour-long documentary in which Barbara Borden, an
acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher tells her story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music. It showcases the unfolding of Barbara’s identity as she grows from a little girl in love with drumming to a world-class percussionist practicing "drumbeat diplomacy.” Filmed on four continents, the film is produced and directed by three-time Emmy Award-winner, David L. Brown.

Click image to view the five-minute documentary trailer.

Robert Render Harrison, CineSource Magazin

arrow Video clip of Barbara Borden’s Hearts on Fire Band.

the beat goes on

Audience Responses

“Keeper of the Beat is exquisite on every level.  Barbara’s talent
and joy swept me up in a wonderful musical experience that
lifted my spirits sky-high.    
    —   Christopher Beaver, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker.”

“This uplifting and entertaining movie does a wonderful job of capturing Barbara’s warmth, talent and contagious spirit.  It will not only be welcomed by an international music-loving audience, but also by all those who yearn for a more peaceful, harmonious
and compassionate society.” 
    —   Anna Halprin, Pioneering Dancer, Choreographer

“What a triumph!!! Keeper of the Beat is so joyous and moving….I loved the music and the personal and cultural history woven throughout. And the beauty of your journey…your own being shining forth with so much clarity and joy. And to see how your work continues to move out into the world, touching so many people with healing
and inspiring new generations of girls to drum!”
    —   Jennifer Berezan, Singer/Songwriter,