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Kathy Wade

Rhythms. . .Common Bonds

Curriculum: English/Language Arts, Music, Social & Cultural Connections

Rhythms. . .Common Bonds captures the lessons of respect by blending music, percussion, singing, poetry and storytelling into a highly interactive performance. Kathy Wade, Dr. William Menefield, and Afro-Cuban percussionist Charles Miller draw students into the ‘rhythms of life,’ emphasizing our most common bond between all cultures, ‘respect.’ Respect. You have to give to gain it!

Available: Tuesdays-Thursdays

Recommended Grades: 4-12 (K-3, if had BAM in past 2 years)

Length: 40 minutes

Cost: $575 first session/$500 each additional

Max #Sessions per Day: 2



Kathy Wade is a twice EMMY nominated producer and international award winning Jazz performer whose talent has taken her throughout Europe, United States and Caribbean. In addition to her personal appearances, recordings, television, and commercial projects, Kathy shared concert bills with Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Schuur, Cleo Laine, Shirley Horn, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Kenny G, George Benson and David Sanborn. A native Cincinnatian, she holds a Master of Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music, is Co-founder and CEO of Learning Through Art, Inc., producer and presenter of A Black Anthology of Music as part of LTA’s Mosaic Edutainment division.

Dr. William Menefield, native Cincinnatian, took a few piano lessons when he was six years old, but is primarily a self-taught pianist. He began playing the piano consistently, around the age of eight, because his mother took all of the televisions out of the house and he needed to entertain himself. A graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and prolific composer, William was commissioned to compose a piece for the 125th anniversary of Music Hall.  William’s debut album, “Big Will Leaps In,” reached #13 on the national Gavin Jazz Charts and followed up with “Will’s Revenge.”  He has worked with renowned jazz artists including Roy Ayers, Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman, Gary Bartz, John Blake, Don Braden, Steve Wilson, and Javon Jackson. A graduate of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, William holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Texas, Austin in composition.

Baba Charles Miller is a craft and performing artist and an arts education advocate with a background in percussive traditions of the African Diaspora. A native of Philadelphia, Baba Charles has traveled and played extensively throughout the Caribbean and United States. Baba Charles is the founder of Drums for Peace and CIC Percussion.