Today I want to introduce an amazing group: the Louisville Leopards Percussionists. This non-profit organization helps teach music to Louisville, Kentucky, kids ages 7-14. The Leopards learn music appreciation, how to care for instruments, to improve and compose music, play a variety of percussion instruments, and how to perform as an ensemble. Several Leopards alumni have gone on to become professional musicians. The Leopards are a 501(c)3 charity (there is a donation link on their site), with a goal of ensuring that kids can participate regardless of their ability to pay, as music enriches lives and builds community. They have more than 60 students, from 48 schools in and around Louisville.
This is the first piece I heard from the Leopards, when it went viral on Facebook. Please enjoy their rehearsal video of Carlos Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” If you like what you hear, and are able to do so, please consider making a donation to keep the program going.