Though their appearance might fool you, the Louisville Leopard Percussionists are no amateurs,
The student musicians, ages seven to 14, can be seen performing a number of classic rock hits from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” to this cover of “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne.
The nonprofit ensemble, founded by Louisville school teacher Diane Downs, features more than 60 student musicians from the Louisville, Kentucky, area.
The kids, who come from a wide range of racial and economical backgrounds, often join the group with no musical training or knowledge.
With the help of the group’s directors, the students are taught how to compose music, care for their instruments, perform in front of crowds and develop music appreciation.
The group has performed at festivals, theaters and was even featured in an HBO documentary that followed them on a trip to New York City to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference.
Rock on, young ones.