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Louisville Leopard Percussionists

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The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are a performing ensemble of approximately 45 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in Greater Louisville.

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, committed to providing the exciting and enriching Leopard Percussionist experience to all children in the Louisville community. Participation in the ensemble is offered regardless of cultural or socioeconomic background.

The organization's mission is to provide a comprehensive musical experience for children that enriches lives and builds community.

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists took a mega-bite out of the Big Apple when they stampeded into town in January 2006 to perform at the International Association for Jazz Education annual conference in Manhattan, and their journey was chronicled in the 30-minute HBO Family documentary THE LEOPARDS TAKE MANHATTAN: THE LITTLE BAND THAT ROARED. This segment takes you behind the scenes of this unique group and it's Artistic Director, Diane Downs.

Premiere showing The final installment of the acclaimed “Music in Me” series of specials, HBO Family’s THE LEOPARDS TAKE MANHATTAN: THE LITTLE BAND THAT ROARED debuted Thursday, January 24 on HBO. The world premiere of the film took place at the Louisville Palace on January 23, 2008.

Program 214
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, behind-the-scenes at the nation's oldest high school radio station, plus a visit to Pro-Liquitech - a unique and tasty business downtown. Writer and "culture maven" c d kaplan is our guest. (#214)