“We are a collection of drummers coming together to create a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming, using only unorthodox forms of percussion.”
What is known today as Omaha Street Percussion started with an effort to raise funds for OSP member Jeff Babcock, as he and his wife were in the process of adopting a young boy from South Korea. The guys, who had already known each other through a variety of previous drum activities, got together and performed a handful of times in the Old Market district in downtown Omaha for donations. After the Babcocks successfully brought their son home, the guys noticed that there was a high level of interest in the activity, therefore deciding to form the group and give it the name Omaha Street Percussion. Credible names such as the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, the Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball club reached out to OSP for more performance opportunities. Also, teachers and principles from area schools began showing interest in before and after-school percussion programs.
Omaha Street Percussion exists to bring the art of percussion to the public in a way that is tangible, obtainable, and exciting; demonstrated in such a way that promotes education, mentorship, and performance.
Our purpose is to create relationships with public and private educational systems, as well as other non-profit entities; existing as a collective of percussion educators that present the art of drumming with the focus on education, performance, and mentorship. Guest performances, workshops, and regularly scheduled programs are our 3 areas of focus.
Frequent favorite performers with local roots; this unorthodox percussion show always thrills!