Innovative Percussion, Inc., located in Nashville, Tenn., is a premiere drumstick and mallet company that designs and produces a variety of world-class drumsticks, keyboard mallets, percussion brushes and practice pads. As a company, Innovative sponsors talented artists. This month, Innovative announced the inclusion of Ted Leith, son of Tom and Anna Leith of Cynthiana, as an Innovative Education Artist and published his bio on www.innovativepercussion.com.
Thomas Edward Leith Jr., (Ted), showed an aptitude and love of all things percussion at an early age. His dad was his first drum set and snare drum teacher starting at age four. Private lessons and high school and college band prepared him for the challenge and excitement of playing snare in DCI’s Oregon Crusaders (2006), and the Cavaliers (2007, 2008). His love of competition, drumming and entertainment continued to grow and was enhanced as he performed in WGI’s Rhythm X from 2007-2010.
Leith traveled, played and toured with Aimachi Marching Band (2008) based in Nagoya, Japan and Top Secret Drum Corps (2008-2010) based in Basel, Switzerland. During the 2009 summer season, Leith performed in the entertainment percussion group “Riptide” at SeaWorld San Diego.
He moved to Ohio to assume the position of battery tech for the 2010 season of the Miami University-Ohio marching band and was the percussion instructor with Redline Independent World Class Percussion Ensemble based in Canton, Mich. He also became the percussion caption head and a private instructor for Citrus Family Project, sponsored by Dynasty, traveling and working in Bangkok, Thailand.
Leith is the Director of Percussion at Centerville High School (Centerville, Ohio), Battery Coordinator for the Miami University Band program (Oxford, Ohio), and Snare Tech for Rhythm X, the WGI world champion Indoor Percussion Ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio.