Ricky Burkhead has a performance background in many musical styles and instruments. His musical training began at age 12 and has been a lifelong process. His performing experience is extensive and covers musical styles including African, Caribbean, Latin American, orchestral and other world music. He formed the first steel drum band in the state of Mississippi while teaching at Mississippi Valley State University in 1986. He formed a second band while teaching at the University of Mississippi in 1995. He can perform a variety of programs including Caribbean culture, which include a lecture/performance/history of the steel drum; West African culture and the history/performance of the djembe and kalimba; or a solo percussion recital featuring (marimba, vibraphone, timpani, snare drum, drumset orchestral percussion and other ethic percussion instruments). Burkhead’s lectures are informative and audience-friendly. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in African, Caribbean and American (traditional & contemporary) music forms and dance.
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