I don’t have many regrets, but it would have been nice to pick up a musical instrument somewhere along my path of “growing up” and becoming an “adult.” I actually loved playing xylophones in elementary school, as I’m sure most kids do. It’s satisfying to create something, especially music.
Now, I’ve started learning to play the piano as an adult – which I greatly enjoy, especially when torturing friends with endless repetitions of keyboard cat – but just imagine how good I might have been if I stuck with it from a young age. So while I’m not particular fond of children, I’ve got to hand it to the 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists. Their versions of Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin are impressive.
According to the video, “the Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos, and piano.”
If there are any music teachers reading this, please do your students a favor and be awesome. This music teacher is clearly a world class act, so to speak, and I appreciate what he or she is doing for the world of music. Some of these kids may grow up to be huge acts.
Hopefully nicer than say, Justin Bieber, but you know…