Children in U.S. Music Class Perform Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, led by educator and organization founder Diane Downs, are made up of 60-plus student musicians between the ages of 7 and 14, from all around the Metro area. But they don’t simply focus on Led Zeppelin covers — the group plays jazz, classical, ragtime, Latin jazz, pop and original compositions on a range of percussion instruments.

In its recent history, the ensemble has opened for world-renowned jazz pianist Chick Corea at the International Association of Jazz Education conference in Manhattan; performed at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.; opened for My Morning Jacket; and have recorded four CDs. The Leopards also were the feature of an HBO documentary titled “The Leopards Take Manhattan: The Little Band that Roared.” Most recently, the ensemble performed at the Jazz Education Network’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.


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