School of HONK has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn new songs and instruments, as well as have fun playing for lots of people – making them dance and dancing with them! My first encounter with School of HONK was the Winter Solstice parade of 2015 — I played bucket and had so much fun, I immediately put 3-5pm on Sundays on my calendar! Since my humble beginnings on the bucket, I’ve progressed to washboard, bass, snare, and other percussion — and one time, I managed to make a sax bleat! School of HONK has inspired me to practice and improve, and I continue to marvel at the patience, wisdom, and skillz of the mentors and section leaders.
Like many other members, I’m a lifelong musician — singing since childhood and starting piano lessons at age 8, playing in bands in high school, and beginning to play African and Latin percussion in my early 20s. I’ve performed solo as a singer-songwriter (on vocals, guitar, and mandolin), as part of several jazz duos (on vocals), and as a member of a cappella quartets and choruses. When I’m not playing with SoH, you may find me jamming with the all-female Batucada Belles of Cambridge (on djembe/snare).