I am from Vermont and other than being a musician I am a dancer, music promoter, environmentalist, teacher and scholar. I am a percussion mentor for School of HONK and I have been here since the beginning! I am profoundly happy and proud to be part of such a positive and enriching educational program. I have been playing percussion and drum set since I was 8 years old and performing in bands since I was 15. I have a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Tufts and my focus was on African and Afro-Latin diasporic music and migration. I am currently a full-time music teacher: snare technique, drum set, piano, ukulele and songwriting. I also lead a rock group called Paper Waves based in Somerville with 4 other ladies. I play with Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, when my schedule allows. I run a concert series called Afropop Night Live, which is Boston’s monthly live Afro-centric music and dance party. Building community is extremely important to me as I can see that it allows people to thrive. I love School of HONK because it creates such a wonderful community and spreads joy when we are learning together or performing in the streets together. I love that any musician of any level can come be supported to learn while pushing themselves to the next level, having fun and being spontaneous.