LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Drumtime founder John Lacques stopped by KCAL9 Sunday morning to talk about the power of a playing a beat.

Lacques has run the rhythm-based program for 11 years, working with at-risk youth, people with special needs and the elderly.

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“Everyone can bang on something, do a shaker or play a bell… It’s very intrinsic in our nature to play drums,” he said, adding that his facilitated drum circles are meant to “empower people to feel their true nature.”

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Lacques admitted some people have “trepidation,” but he’s found over the years drumming can help even his most straight-laced clients let loose.

“It’s hard with adults. Kids are like, ‘Yes! Let’s do this.’ Adults, some really want to do it and others are like, ‘Uh, I don’t know about this.’ But by the end of it, the guy’s taking off his tie and leading the conga line around the conference room,” he said.

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For more information about Drumtime, visit the organization’s website.