enriching lives through music

Steve Leicach

African and Carribean Drumming

Steve (Stevo) Leicach has been drumming for over 45 years. He is an expert in African and Afro-Caribbean hand drumming, and teaches lessons on a wide variety of ethnic instruments including conga drums, djembe, balafon, shekere, and talking drums; he also offers classes in blues harmonica and instruction in bamboo flute. Steve has taught at schools, universities, and wellness centers throughout the Northeast. His expertise includes drumming improvisation, percussion theory, and traditional instrument making. His lifelong interest extends not only to the music of drumming but to the natural elements that make up the drum itself. As a boy, Steve would roll logs home through the woods and sit outside bundled up in his jacket carving drums even in the winter. As a young man Steve journeyed to Cameroon, West Africa to apprentice in traditional Tikar mask and drum carving. He has also traveled to Ghana, Senegal, and the Caribbean Islands to research traditional music.

Steve teaches people of all ages and abilities, from advanced percussionists to beginners, including children, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities. As a teacher Steve’s focus is to empower his students in an environment that is supportive and safe, so they can freely express themselves; his emphasis, always, is on kindness. He also utilizes drumming as a vehicle for conflict resolution with people from war torn countries. He has long believed drumming to be an excellent way to promote health, well-being, and the pursuit of joy. Steve’s drumming programs include: “To the Beat of a Different D.R.U.M.: Diversity, Respect, Unity, through Music,” and “Peace-building through Percussion.” 

Steve graduated from Tufts University’s joint program with The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, with a major in fine arts and a minor in anthropology. His resonance with evolutionary anthropology and ancient primordial history is an interest that informs his approach to life.

BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Becky Andrews, Jay Bailey, Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Nancy Bell, Mara Berkley, Lisa Bloch, Crager Boardman, Bob Bonneau, Michael Boylen, Jonas Breen, Laura Bryant-Williams, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Rachel Clemente, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Robin Davis, Corey DiMario, Sandra Feusi, Judy Fink, Elizabeth Fisher, Robin Flatley, Donna Francis, Rob Freeberg, Virginia Goodman, Lerna Gottesman, Bill Gottesman, Gary Graff, Lisa Harris, Freddie Hart, Jennelle Harvey, Shelli Harvey, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Kate John, Steven John, Jim Johnson, Alyssa Kerr, Bruce Landenberger, Latchis Theatre, Dot MacDonald, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Raquel Moreno, Jill Newton, Kristin Outwater, Ellen Peters, Deb Pierotti, Jon Potter, Sabine Rhyne, Antje Ruppert, Alison Schantz, Sarah May Schultz, Ray Sebold, Liz Simmons, Dalit Sivan, Paul Eric Smith, Alan Stockwell, Travis Stout, Maggie Sullivan, Melissa Trainor, Leslie Turpin, Daniel Valerio, Betsy Williams, Pete Wilson, Amanda Witman, Ellery Witman, Avery Witman, David Woodberry, and Yellow Barn

 

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