The Uncle Devin Show is a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock.
Uncle Devin has gained national acclaim as a leader in the children’s music industry. His “Uncle Devin’s Drum Tales” CD won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Presentation Award. He is a 2013 panelist who has showcased at KindieFest, and was selected for two Library Summer Reading Programs in the Washington, DC area for 2013. He also performed at The World Cafe at the Queen in Delaware; Musikfest in Pennsylvania; 15 Summer Camps for the Maryland-Capitol Parks & Planning Commission; Jammin' Java in Virginia; the Overtown Youth Center in Florida, plus a host of schools and private events.
The Uncle Devin Show takes children on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion that allows them to hear, see and play different percussion instruments. Children will gain an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest and most diverse form of musical creativity.
The Uncle Devin Show has a mission to provide a high quality, live musical entertainment experience for children through the drum, both traditional and electronic, to convey universal principles of love. It also uses music to help raise the awareness of, and advocacy among, children and their parents, guardians and caregivers about the need for more public funds toward music in schools.
The show can be performed as a solo act or with accompaniment (i.e., flutist, guitarist and/or bassist). By the end of The Uncle Devin Show, children will 1) walk away with a better understanding of history, health, cultural awareness, internet safety and the importance of telling the truth; 2) be able to appreciate how music and technology can enhance their learning experience; 3) what they can do to help keep music in schools; and 4) be able to see how different drum and percussion instruments are played and sound.
We offer both Performance (Assembly) and Workshop program formats. The Performance formats are 45 minutes to an hour in length and are a blend of performance and discussion with opportunities for student participation interspersed throughout. Performance programs may have a maximum audience of 250 and may consist of discussion with audience members or direct involvement with performance activities.
The Workshops format involves smaller groups (usually 25 or fewer students) and are generally 45 minutes to an hour in length. Our workshops provide opportunities for our artists to have frequent, one-on-one interaction with students and allow them the opportunity to play different musical instruments. Audio/visual equipment may also be used to supplement the learning experience through visual aids.
Uncle Devin, a.k.a. Devin Walker, is both a drummer and percussionist, and, therefore, is known as the original “Drumcussionist.” His drum set consists of a combination of real drums/ percussion instruments, and the latest in electronic drums. This hybrid drum set allows him to play the normal drum groove along with the additional color that is normally played by additional percussionist and musicians. He also has uses an assortment of percussion instruments, including cowbells, triangles, shakers, congas and timbales, as learning tools for his message.
Uncle Devin is a former volunteer, mentor and co-coordinator of a mentorship program at two elementary schools in Prince George’s County, MD; a former church youth Director in Washington, DC, and a former youth Counselor for an at-risk youth program with a non-profit organization geared toward the academic and social development of children. He has been performing as a drummer and percussionist for over 25 years, playing with local and international groups such as Fertile Ground, Soul-In-Motion Players, Bottomland, the UMBC Jazz Ensemble, the Lafayette Gilchrist Project, the Contee AME Zion Church Connection, Sense of Urgency Band and Godisheus International Funk Band. One of Devin’s greatest musical moments was when he accompanied on drums the Great Dizzy Gillespie during a 1985 Jazz Workshop in Baltimore, MD. Devin’s vast experience as a social justice activist is expressed in his music. He is currently a member and co-founder of the ElectroKoustic Band formed in 2009 in Washington, DC.