Featured Performing Ensemble:
The Louisville Leopards
Diane Downs founded the The Fabulous Leopard Percussionists in 1993, then in 2003 created The Louisville Leopard Percussionists for community kids. She earned a BA and MA in elementary education from Morehead State University and a Rank 1 from the University of Louisville in gifted education and jazz pedagogy. She is a consultant to numerous elementary percussion programs around the US. She was a public school teacher in JCPS for 28 years. The Leopards have presented at 4 Percussive Arts Society Conventions, 3 Jazz Education Network Conventions, The Midwest Clinic, The Atlanta Band & Orchestra Convention, and state music conventions in Florida, Indiana, and Kentucky. They have performed at at TEDx Convention, at the Duke Ellington Jazz Fest, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, on A&E’s Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, and are featured in the HBO documentary “The Leopards Take Manhattan”.