Rhythm Based Energizers, Icebreakers, Group Bonding & Skill Development for Companies, Schools & Older Adult Communities



Rhythm Based Energizers, Icebreakers, Group Bonding & Skill Development for Companies & Schools


Respectful Beats

Our Mission is to inspire Senior Citizens through Drumming.

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NINO-EMDJ-SU Elements Mini Synthetic Djembe, Sunshine
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Nino Percussion NINO-EMDJ-KQ Elements Mini Synthetic Djembe, Kenyan Quilt
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Nino Percussion NINO-EMDJ-TA Elements Mini Synthetic Djembe, Twisted Amber
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NINO-EMDJ-GA Elements Mini Synthetic Djembe, Green Apple
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Corporate Events with Respectful Beats™

Looking for the perfect ice breaker for a big meeting? Want a unique corporate Team Building activity that will prove memorable? Trying to source an exhilarating corporate event that will inspire and boost team vitality? Drumming workshops provide all of that and more –especially when you choose Respectful Beats™.

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Exercising and taking up an instrument are both actions that require a person to really engage the moment. Here are 6 other similarities: 1. Progress is slow at first When you first start exercising, you’re not going to be a pro at it, nor particularly enjoy it. The same is true with playing an instrument. 2. You ca...

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About Respectful Beats™

In 2015, Steve Benedetto was working as a server in the dining section of a nearby retirement home. After waiting tables for several months, his supervisor (who knew he was a drummer) asked him if he would be willing to perform for the residents. He assumed the residents would have no interest at all in seeing him perform, but he agreed nonetheless. He was shocked to see an enthusiastic crowd of more than 50 seniors showing up to see him perform on the drums. His performance turned out to be such a positive experience for all that Steve was asked if he would create a workshop for the residents. He followed through with great success and was soon holding workshops on a regular basis. After expanding the content he started offering his workshops to other retirement communities. Steve then formed Respectful Beats™ to combine his love of performing drums with teaching all demographics.
The results have proven to be been incredibly empowering for all. Respectful Beats™ has since gone from Memory Café Keynotes and various outdoor drum circles to the most challenged of dementia sufferers. As has been keenly observed over time, the power of rhythm transcends one’s self. In 2017, Respectful Beats™ was selected as Brandeis University’s Ph.D. Icebreaker Workshop, expanding the message to other types of audiences. Respectful Beats™ is now working with various Boston area companies to improve C-Suite and Team performance through drumming.

Steve Benedetto, Owner & Founder

Steve Benedetto has been playing drums since the age of 10. After expressing an interest in school, he went on to expand his skills by taking lessons from Bob Gullotti and Rakalam Bob Moses. Known as a drummer with an extensive background and repertoire, Steve is often invited to take on highly unique gigs.  In 1995 Steve was asked to be the drummer in the All-State Jazz Band in Massachusetts. In 2000 he performed in a duo with a renowned painter to express the drums on a 10 ft. canvas. Steve performed several times at the acclaimed Ryle’s Jazz Club in Cambridge, hosted open-mike sessions throughout the Boston area, volunteered for drum programs benefitting inner-city children and performed with local university bands. Steve has created grooves for more than twenty bands including Green Love Blues, Subterfuge, Blend, Wetknap, Bluestripe Grunt and his current band, Electric Green Company.  Steve has performed with Clark Terry, Ted Dunbar, Yusef Latif, Jim Porcella, Kim Richmond and many local artists. In addition, he has taught privately for 20 years, and still maintains an active private lesson schedule. Inspired by “all things drums,” Steve has owned more than 35 different drum kits. He currently plays a 1990s Yamaha kit and hardware with Zildjian cymbals and sticks.
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Our Services

Checkout our Services here at Respectful Beats. We offer a wide range of programs to excite you about our services.

We offer Interactive Drumming Workshops & Classes for all of our clients to enjoy.

Team Building

We offer Corporate Team Building and Conference Entertainment for our clients to enjoy.


Rhythmic Health Programs for Senior Citizens, Memory Cafes and Luxury Retirement Homes

“Steve is amazing, my residents absolutely love him! I am the director of the Memory support program and each and every one of my residents move to the beat of the music, this is our favorite program! Thanks Steve!”


“Our residents truly enjoy this workshop and they love Steve! They’re always looking forward to this class offering!”


“Empowering! Steve combines his talent along with his warmth & caring personality that makes this an unforgettable, magical experience to enjoy over and over again.”


“Respectful Beats has been inspiring  our residents and families for many months now through his interactive drumming program.  Steve delivers both comfort and a sense of well-being  with a gentle approach that nurtures and invigorates the soul."

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