World Music Drumming

World Music Drumming - World Music Drumming, now in thousands of schools in the US and Canada, is an innovative idea whose time has come. This successful curriculum has shown outstanding success at engaging all students in hand drumming traditions (West Africa, the Caribbean, and others) combined with singing, moving, playing other instruments, and creating.

Sowah Mensah - an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African Music Ensemble.

Louisville Leopard Percussionists - The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are a performing ensemble of approximately 45 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.

Joseph Gramley - Multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley's dynamic and exciting performances as a soloist have garnered critical acclaim and enthusiasm from emerging composers, percussion aficionados and first-time concert-goers alike. He is committed to bringing fresh and inventive compositions to a broad public,and each year he commissions and premieres a number of new works.

Mt. Lebanon Percussion - Mt. Lebanon Percussion began with 15 high school students, performing one song at the Concert Band's spring concert. Since then, the program has grown to include 225 students in grades 4-12 and features over 15 performances per season.

Nexus - Primier Percussion Ensemble

Jamey Haddad

Eric Hollenbeck
Steve Gadd
Payton MacDonald
Matt Wilson
Shawn Mativetsky
Peter Erskine