As “The Percussion Lady,” I provide theme-based rhythm-drumming-singing-storytelling-educational events for children, families, and community groups.
My storytelling style leans toward quirky performances, focusing a lot on culturally-based stories that produce laughs, guffaws, and oh, ahhhs….
My programming, overall, is fun, interactive, highly engaging, and often times loud and boisterous! I love hand drums and other percussion/rhythmic instruments, and I provide these for use in the events I facilitate.
All my programming is modular, and I customize according to audience size, age range, length of performance, and specific preferences; for example: Do you like more storytelling? More drumming? Or a nice balance of the two? Here are several great options for party and special-event entertainment:
* Rhythm Fun & More!
* Catch the World Beat
* Community Drum Circle
* Paws & Claws—Crazy Critters of the Bush and Jungle
PLEASE NOTE: I AM willing to travel more than 100 miles for a performance/gig with an added negotiated fee for travel expenses. :-)
As “The Percussion Lady,” I've made it my personal mission to engender an absolute vibrant aliveness in all my programming, performances, and special events!
I started offering my unique blend of programming—using drumming, rhythm, creative movement, story, and song—for children and families the summer of 1998. My events are hands-on, engaging, and interactive!
I've performed for a variety of events such as KGNU's Art Aloud program; Boulder Public Library's Tellabration; Colorado Cultural Connections; Cherry Creek Arts Festival; The Taste of Colorado; Denver Zoo; The Wildlife Experience; Pikes Peak Library District; Jefferson County Library; preschools such as KinderCare and La Petite Academy; and a host of private parties and special events.
“I heard great things about it [Percussion Lady event]; you were the rave!”
“Delightful and so talented.”
“You have such a gift and the first-graders were blessed to have had you share it with them.”
—enrichment contact for elementary school
“Your programs are always very popular with our young patrons. Your talent, knowledge, and professionalism really come through…!”
“The drum circle was a big hit! Helen did a great job of getting the kids and families involved.”
—Denver Public Library
“…Helen's drumming program was absolutely wonderful! She told great stories to the drum beat and every child got to play an instrument. She was a great addition to our Summer Reading Club Programs!"
—Jefferson County Public Library
“Thank you for agreeing to be a part of the Storytelling Extravaganza … You presented a wonderful program … You truly made the story come to life with your vivid descriptions, body movements, and music.”
“…I just read through the patron evaluations of the Music of the Middle East program you presented to our patrons … I just wanted to make sure that you knew how much fun your audience had. The kids adored being able to participate in the music, touching the instruments and learning the beats. The parents said you were delightful and easy to follow. … There were lots of "excellent" and "fun" comments from kids and parents … I just wanted to make sure that you knew how much our patrons enjoyed your presentation.”
—Arapahoe Library District
"Thank you so much for your delightful and entertaining program, 'Dream Big--Drum.' We all learned so much about various percussion instruments and enjoyed the opportunity to play them...Your style and manner of presentation was very effective, drawing out the reluctant or shy child to eventually participate...Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us, and we look forward to having you again."
—Placitas [NM] Community Library
“I was talking to a young boy, maybe 8 or 9, before Helen's performance. He told me he had been going from branch to branch so he could see her show over and over again. He had seen her show at least three times, and was super excited to see it again! This was the first time I'd seen a kid respond to a program so enthusiastically."
—youth services manager for Pueblo Libraries