AT DRUM LIKE A LADY, WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF COLLABORATION & IMPROVISATION
Drum Like a Lady is non-profit collective, "Led by Women and Governed by Percussion". Founded by artist and educator LaTreice V Branson, DLAL's mission is to curate inspired, collaborative programming for people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and ranges of ability to experience communal and personal wellness through collective drumming, dance, wellness programming and disability advocacy.
Founded in 2013, with one drum, LaTreice bang curating performances in response to the discriminatory and sexist practices observed in the drumming community. Drum Like a Lady encourages all individuals to see the drum as a healing instrument, a community tool, and one of the most powerful and effective methods of non-verbal communication known to humanity. Unfortunately, Western culture has indoctrinated us (women) to see the drum as masculine, loud, dominant, and aggressive, all of which is false and anti-female.
Through the Drum Like a Lady jam sessions series and outreach programs, individuals at all skills levels, ranging from the novice to the world traveler, are invited to share in the creation and celebration of a new soundscape – rooted in improvisation and inspired by the beauty of femininity.
Drum Like a Lady is not a band and has expanded to more than just a women's percussion collective. We thrive because of the willingness of our musicians and supporters to collaborate, appreciating each other's uniqueness and diverse skills. From "The Jam Jawn" jam sessions to our energetic youth programs, the community knows that this is where you come to be uplifted, inspired, loved, supported and appreciated.
Drum Like a Lady has held a 2 year residency at Dahlak Paradise, hosting over 40 jam sessions that were offered to the community as free, inclusive and collaborative experiences rooted in improvisation., Since, Drum Like a Lady has started Drum4LIFE, a wellness initiative that offers drum workshops to the blind and visually impaired, youth with autism, and individuals conquering mental illness and trauma. The organization also host workshops at The African American Museum in Philadelphia and St James School, and also hosts jam sessions at colleges and universities to encourage inclusion and collaboration. In 2017 and 2018, Drum Like a Lady led the Women’s March on Philadelphia to crowds of over 50,000. In 2018, DLAL celebrated 5 years of service, with a triumphant 8 hour drum festival, at The Barnes Foundation, featuring performances and workshops with the leading female percussionists in the region.
More recently, we are excited to use our platform to reach even broader audiences through our unique, wellness programming. If you're looking to increase and diversify your wellness programming, visit our Contact Us page to invite DLAL to your business, school, university, church program, wellness retreat, and professional development training.