The Lydia Lewis Quintet comes to Windsor Hall on Thursday, September 15 to celebrate the Lydia Lewis Quintet CD Release Party. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Percussionist Lydia Lewis, daughter of Dr. Richard and Jayne Lechliter, grew up in Cumberland, MD and Ridgeley, WV through ninth grade of school. In kindergarten, she began piano lessons and continued them for many years after. She first attended St. John Neumann Catholic School, grades K-5 and was in the band in fourth and fifth grades under the direction of Mrs. Jean Miller. At the age of nine, Lydia began taking private percussion lessons, furthering her skills in snare drum and starting to learn drum set. Later on, she also took private percussion lessons. She continued her studies at Frankfort middle school and was part of the jazz band as well as the top concert band, which were under the direction of Fred Kesner and Roger Henry. Both teachers saw potential in Lydia and they asked her to join the Potomac State College community concert band and jazz ensemble when she was in seventh grade to help her grow musically and play more challenging music. Once in the college band, she was also asked to play in other community groups like the Frostburg Arion Band. She was also fortunate to be able to sit in with Tom Harrison and Jim Roderick at their jazz trio gigs from time to time. In eighth grade she was asked to play a song with the high school marching band on snare drum. She continued playing snare in ninth grade and various percussion instruments in the concert band. Then she transferred schools to Beaver County Christian in Beaver Falls, PA (outside Pittsburgh, PA), and played in the high school band. While there, she began studying with the drum set master Roger Humphries, who has played with many people such as Ray Charles, Weather Report, and Horace Silver, as well as continuing her percussion lessons at Duquense University. In her senior year of high school, Lydia was asked to join Geneva Collegeâ€™s jazz ensemble. This was another great opportunity for Lydia since there wasnâ€™t a jazz group in her high school. After graduating high school in 2005, she continued her music studies in jazz her freshman year at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, then transferred to Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, where she graduated in Dec. 2008. She played drums in different combo groups through high school in Cumberland, including Tom Harrison and Friends, then started her own group in college.
She earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from Shenandoah University in 2008. Lydia currently plays drumss with Shannon Gunn and the Bulletteâ€™s â€“ DCâ€™s all-female jazz ensemble as well as with her own groups as well as freelance work in combos and jazz ensembles in the DC/Northern VA/MD areas.
She has played with people such as Paquito Dâ€™Rivera, Marvin Stamm, Chuck Redd, Conrad Herwig, and Jon Faddis. She has played venues like the Air and Space Museum, Blues Alley, Italian Embassy, Warner Theatre, Apple Blossom Wine and Jazz Festival, and other various gigs in DC/VA/MD. For more info, go to her website â€“ www.lydialewis.yolasite.com .
Tickets for the Lydia Lewis Quintet CD Release Party are $10/premium reserve, $8/regular reserve and $5/student with i.d. Tickets are on sale at The Book Center, 15 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, 301-7722-2284 and Main Street Books, 2 East Main Street, Frostburg, 301-689-5605. A cash bar is available.
Windsor Hall at Town Centre is located at 39 Baltimore Street, Downtown Cumberland. Windsor Hall is part of the Queen City Performing Arts Development (QCPAD). On-going support for this and all QCPAD events is provided in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and the Allegany Arts Council (AAC). For more information on Windsor Hall, visit www.windsorhall.org.