Photo credit Ron Burgis of Glory Days

Edward White

Drummer Edward White studied master drum-making and playing with Danjuma Ighalo of Nigeria. In 1990, White founded the River City Drum Corps (RCDC), a cultural arts program that brings together traditional African drumming, drum making, and drum line performance and leadership for at-risk youth. The participants make their own “pipe drums” out of found materials, manage the RCDC, tour, and perform workshops in various communities. White has expanded the drum corps curriculum to Jefferson County public and Catholic schools and to other cities. He has received numerous awards, including the 2010 National Council of Negro Women’s Courage Award.

2011 Kentucky State Homecoming Parade, Frankfort, KY, 2011; photo credit Edward White and RCDC