Downtown After 5 2016 – LEAF Southside Drummers
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“Southside Drummers are making sounds around town! When you hear them coming, be ready to GET DOWN!”
Inspired by the rich and authentic culture of the New Orleans indigenous people, the LEAF Southside Drummers recreate the beats and rhythms that can be heard leading parades down the streets of New Orleans. Led by Resident Teaching Artist, Imhotep, the group uses tambourines and other percussion instruments to practice various styles of music including traditional call-and-response chants and rhythmic versions of today’s hits. The program was created in 2011 and has allowed Southside’s young drummers to participate in multiple festivals, including the first LEAF Downtown where they debuted their official blue and gold uniforms. The Southside Drummers practice on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Wesley Grant Center.