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LaTreice Branson always brings an extra drum or two to her performances — just in case someone wants to join in.

“We always bring more than we need,” she said one recent Friday evening, tapping her silver cane on the stone floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, only a few hours before she and four women with her were to fill the Great Stair Hall with cathartic clangor.

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Drum Like a Lady at Women’s March on Philadelphia: Photos and an open letter
by Jack Firneno | Jan 22, 2017

LaTriece Branson and Drum Like a Lady did an extraordinary job kicking off the Women’s March on Philadelphia yesterday, setting a tone that was energetic, positive, and truly inclusive

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Revolutionary Noise: Music as Struggle and Healing
The Leeway Foundation| Feb 25, 2017
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Drum Like a Lady: Female drummers own the spotlight

Philadelphia Weekly | Jack Firneno | August 17, 2016

LaTreice Branson didnt buy the drums she uses most. Among her few purchases is the Bumblebee, her yellow drum kit. But, on this Sunday afternoon it sat disassembled in the front downstairs room of her Mantua house after a rare four-hour kit gig the night before.

Upstairs in her living room, Branson sits on a couch surrounded by hanging tomato plants, artwork on the wall, cans of Play-doh on a shelf, and the hand percussion she plays much more often.

The standouts are the Matador LP conga emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag and solid-blue Patato LP conga with a handle. After that, theres a paloma drum and a two djembes."Everything was given to me, and blessed into my life", she explains.

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Drum Like a Lady: Rhythm Runs in the Family

The Key |January 21st, 2016 | 2:09PM | By Lissa Alicia

Often times drums are seen as a man’s instrument.

The sounds can be disruptive; producing a powerful rhythm takes an enormous amount of energy. Far be it from a woman to choose not to stand in the spotlight as a singing diva. When one does see a woman behind a set, a feeling of wonder, confusion, and awe is born. This does not mean that women like Sheila E., Meg White, and Cindy Blackman did not completely hold their own when it came to playing the drums – but their choice of instrumentation was more than musical, but a little bit political.

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