Ordinary kids transformed by an extraordinary musical experience since 1993.
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our team

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive musical experience for children that enriches lives and builds community.

Diane Downs

Founder & Artistic Director
Diane founded the Fabulous Leopard Percussionists in 1993, then created the non-profit, community based Louisville Leopard Percussionists in 2003.

Brittany Franks

Assistant Director ~ Original Member
Brittany is an original member of the Leopards. Her son, Zachary, is our first “second generation” Leopard.

Kelsey Lee

Assistant Director ~ Former Member
Kelsey is an assistant director for the Leopards. She co-leads the beginners, the Steel Leopards, and Leopards Lite.

Meg Samples

Assistant Director
Meg is an assistant director for the Leopards. She co-leads the beginners and the Steel Leopards

Price McGuffey

Assistant Director ~ Former Member
Price was a member of the Fabulous Leopard Percussionists and the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. Price teaches our Steel Leopards, Leopards Lite, assists with the Advanced Leopards and is currently a music student at The University of Louisville.

Fons Cervera

Assistant Volunteer ~ Former Member
Fons acquired his love of music when joined The Louisville Leopard Percussionists in 2007. He started in second grade and in sixth grade he joined The Steel Leopards and remained in that group until his eighth grade year. Fons currently assists with our Steel Leopard group.

Carly Rodman

Assistant Director ~ Former Member
Carly is an assistant director for the Leopards. She co-leads the Leopards Lite group and assists with the Steel Leopards.

Aaron Klausing

Assistant Director
Aaron is a former director of the Leopards but still helps us out from time to time.

Michelle Lewis

Middle School Ensemble Director
Michelle has joined our Leopard team by starting our new Middle School Ensemble. This ensemble focuses on music reading, composition, and improvisation.

Dillon Bezehertny

Assistant Volunteer ~ Former Member
Dillon Bezehertny, is a volunteer assistant for the beginner group, focusing on drum set instruction. While in the Leopards, he developed a love for music and an appreciation for working together towards a common goal.

What they're saying about The Leopards

Quotes from our musician friends

Leopards in the News

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