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Apprentice to Assistant by Kelsey Lee To grow up in the Leopard family has been an incredible experience for me. It has taught me patience, understanding, adventure, problem solving, how to enjoy a wide variety of music, teamwork, and other lifelong lessons. I went into the Louisville Leopard group thinking I was just going to[…]
Alternate Ways of Teaching Young Percussionists by Diane In working with kids aged 7-12 for over 25 years now, I have found that through the use of mnemonics, listening, movement, and singing, young children can learn to play complicated rhythms, improvise and create original pieces without written music. I certainly recognize that music reading is[…]
We are very proud of Leopard Alum Dani Markham! She has joined Tune Yards on their Nikki Nack tour as a percussionist and vocalist. Dani began playing in the Leopards when she was 8. In 2005, she received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of Miami. While in college, Dani was invited to play[…]
The Louisville Orchestra Conductor Teddy Abrams stopped by rehearsal to visit us. We played a couple of tunes for him, then he told us all about how he became a conductor at such a young age. After that, he lead us in a jam session!
We were honored that Jimmy Page of the band Led Zeppelin posted our YouTube video of Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song to his Facebook page stating, “Too good not to share!”. Since then, our video has been viewed millions of times on many different websites. Thanks Jimmy Page! To see our video, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYuOZnAqQCY[…]
In the summer of 2015, one of our very special Leopard girls was awarded a $15,000.00 college fund by Knock Knock Live! The awards was presented by pop musician Ariana Grande. We are very grateful for the very generous gift to help our Leopard Audestie with her college education.[…]
Bang the Drum Quickly by Hope Reese pictures by Chris Witzke On a gray December afternoon, inside a building on the corner of Third and York streets in downtown Louisville, Diane Downs gazes over a sea of children waving mallets behind rows of drums and xylophones. “I’m gonna trust you to make it sound good,”[…]
We are very proud of our Leopard, Hannah Ford Welton, who was the drummer and vocalist for Prince and 3rdEyeGirl. Hannah is a great inspiration to our young Leopards showing them with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Hannah visits us when she’s in town to keep us updated on her adventures and play for[…]
Acclaimed jazz pianist, educator, and community activist Harry Pickens wrote a paper in 2006 in which he outlined the unique aspects of Diane Downs’s teaching methods and style that serve to create the amazing results we see from the Leopards. Below is an edited summary. Mr. Pickens has noted seven principles inherent in Diane’s work[…]