Our percussion group has been in existence since 1999 and consists of approximately 33 students (preschool-5th grade). It was founded after Lemira received a Target 2000 grant in 1999 to enhance the musical curriculum and promote cultural awareness of other countries. Ms. Diane Downs, director of the Louisville Leopard Percussionist, inspired Leila Long to create the Lemira Elementary Percussion Ensemble.
Prior performances: World Children’s Festival at the National Mall, Washington, D.C.; Piccolo Spoleto 2010 - 2013, Charleston SC; Leaf Festival, Black Mountain, NC; Sumter School District Opening Ceremony; Southeastern Regional Richland County Library Back to School Bash, Columbia, SC; State Board of Education; Governor’s Conference on Children and Youth; MENC (regional) in Charleston, SC; PASIC (international) in Louisville, KY; PASIC (regional), in Mount Pleasant, SC; Cultural Diversity Conferences in Spartanburg and Columbia, SC; South Carolina After School Alliance Conference, Columbia, SC; Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Convention in Orlando, FL; at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC; at Clemson University; USC (Upstate), Spartanburg, S.C.; Benedict College in Columbia, SC; Morris College in Sumter, SC; The University of South Carolina Sumter, SC; at several high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and private clubs. We have also performed at several festivals and cultural events around the state.
We were designated as a winner for the state of South Carolina in the Oscar Mayer School House Jam Talent Search.
Our music reflects different musical styles such as: Classical, bucket drumming, Taiko, Latin American, Jazz, drumline and utilizes unique instruments such as boomwhackers, pipes, buckets, and trash cans.
Each school year, students in the ensemble invest over 600 hours in rehearsing, traveling, and performing.