The Louisville Leopards’ Led Zeppelin mash-ups are so hot, they even got the attention of Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page, who recently shared their already viral YouTube video on his Facebook page, saying it was “too good not to share”. Teacher Diane Downs is the force behind the Leopards, a performing ensemble of approximately 65 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. Downs has been running the non-profit Leopards since 1993 – on top of her day job — and she was as surprised as anyone when the video went viral.
“It’s changing their lives, making them think differently,” says Downs when questioned about how important the Leopards — and playing music — are to these kids. We couldn’t agree more. Rock on, Leopards!
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