The Louisville Leopard Percussionists (LLP) is a performing ensemble of student musicians, ages 7-12, from the Louisville Metro area. LLP provides these students with a musical experience that enriches lives and builds community. Participants come from diverse backgrounds to play jazz, classical, Latin jazz, pop and original compositions. The children rotate playing a full range of percussion instruments.
LLP has recorded eight CDs, including a live CD and their latest, “Steel Believin’.” The group has performed throughout the Louisville area, in Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and across Ky., Ind. and Ohio. The Louisville Leopards has collaborated and performed with nationally and locally acclaimed professionals, including opening for the Chick Corea Trio and performing with My Morning Jacket and Ben Sollee, and were featured at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. They have performed four times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and twice at the Jazz Education Network’s conferences. After 23 years, LLP continues to perform and grow.
A typical LLP performance consists of approximately 55 children playing a 30-minute to one hour show. Advanced and beginner groups perform together and the Steel Leopards, a steel drum group made up of 6th-9th grade Leopard Alumni, can be added. Steel Leopards is also available to perform without the larger LLP ensemble. The Louisville Leopards choose songs from its repertoire to best fit the audience and can conduct one hour workshops prior to performances with children in attendance that can then perform with the group.