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On May 11, 2013, the Rhythm! Discovery Center presents interactive drumming programs and offers free admission for all attendees in celebration of the grand opening of the Center’s new exhibit, Drums From the Circle City: The Leedy Drum Company from 1895-1930.

This interactive exhibit explores the rich history of the Indianapolis-based Leedy Drum Manufacturing Company and showcases the importance of percussion and manufacturing in Indianapolis at the turn of the 20th Century. The beginning of the Leedy Drum Company was a notable chapter in the history of Indianapolis and an integral slice in the history of the music industry, creating many innovations that still drive the drum and percussion industry today.

Rhythm! Discovery Center details the influence of the Leedy Company through archival photos, videos and sound recordings, as well as interactive displays highlighting some of the company’s first catalogs and magazines. A number of Leedy instruments manufactured in Indianapolis will be on display, both from our permanent collection and those generously loaned by the Leedy family and drum historian and Indianapolis resident, Harry Cangany. Drums From the Circle City will be on display until April, 2014.

“We are excited to bring such a relevant exhibit to the city of Indianapolis, which focuses on a snapshot into the city’s diverse musical and industrial history,” stated executive Director Jeff Hartsough. “From this unique perspective, The Leedy exhibit appeals to all ages, musicians and non-musicians alike. We invite the entire community to the Rhythm! Discovery Center to have a fun, educational, and hands on experience.”

The May 11 opening of Rhythm!’s Drums From the Circle City exhibit intersects with the Get Down On It grand opening celebration of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects Indianapolis’ cultural districts. To celebrate both occasions, Rhythm! will feature Indianapolis high school students performing on repurposed percussion instruments on the Trail in front of the Center as well as interactive drum circles inside the museum throughout the day. As an added bonus, admission to the Center will be free for the day so the community may celebrate Indianapolis’ rich history.

The schedule for Saturday, May 11 at the Center is:
10am-5pm: Free admission to Rhythm! Discovery Center
11am-11:45am: Drum circle inside the Center
Noon-12:45pm: Rhythm! repurposed percussion ensemble performance on Cultural Trail in front of the Center
1:30pm-2pm: Rhythm! repurposed percussion ensemble performance on Cultural Trail in front of the Center
4pm-4:30pm: Drum circle inside the Center

Rhythm! Discovery Center is located at 110 W. Washington St. on the Northwest corner of Washington and Illinois Streets. For more information about this and other exhibits at the Center, please contact Rhythm! Discovery Center at 317.275.9030, or visit RhythmDiscoveryCenter.org for information.
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