Great things happened in 2016! Read here to find out all the details.
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 Read more about Apprentice to Assistant by Kelsey Lee[…]
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 Read more about Alternate Ways of Teaching Young Percussionists[…]
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 Read more about Leopard Alum Dani Markham Joins TuneYards![…]
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 Read more about Zeppelin Explosion![…]
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. Read more about Ariana Grande presents Leopard with a $15K college fund![…]
In August 2016, we traveled to Kansas City, MO to perform at the Ted Talk Convention for an audience of over 3000 people! This Ted Talk is the largest in the United States. We were treated like VIPs the whole time with our private dressing room, free admission to Science City, a picnic on Read more about TEDxKC[…]
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,” Read more about Leopards in Louisville Magazine[…]
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 Read more about Leopard Hannah Ford Welton joined Prince’s band![…]