We are a KC-based
February 2019 Article in Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine
Brandon and Teryn Draper met while studying percussion in college, married in 2001, and now call Kansas City, MO home. They have two daughters, Eva and Ivy, who love to join in (and often create) the family's musical adventures. Teryn has been a teacher since 2001, and Brandon is on the music faculty at the University of Kansas, in addition to performing throughout the US. (To learn more about Brandon view his personal website here.)
Upon their arrival to KC by way of Sandia Park NM, they befriended the renown music therapist, children's performer, and drum circle guru "Bongo" Barry Bernstein. While assisting Barry with his work, the Drapers continued to develop their Drum Safari concept that began during their days in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico years earlier. Unexpectedly, Barry passed away in 2009 leaving a void in the children's entertainment/education world. After some time, Brandon and Teryn joined forces with Jeni and Jim Cosgrove with Hiccup Booking and began bringing their own brand of rhythm-based, interactive programming to kids throughout the US.
Today, Drum Safari programs also include longtime friends/educators Josh Conner and Amy Hearting who also teach and perform professionaly in the area. Josh is a middle school science teacher in the Olathe School District and Amy teaches percussion at MO Western as well as Central MO State.
Brandon and Teryn performing for kids at the Palisade CO public library.
A peek into our creative nest located
in Kansas City/Lawrence.
photo: Janie Jones