Uncle Devin's Bio

Uncle Devin is a national leader in the children’s music industry and an award-winning drummer and percussionist.  He is also a radio talk show host for Radio One and owns his own 24/7 online radio program called, "I Am WEE Nation." 

 

His “Uncle Devin’s Drum Tales” CD won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Presentation Award and his children's book, "The ABC's of Percussion with Music CD," was named a 2015 National Parenting Publication Awards Bronze winner.  He is also a Teaching Artist and Artist Roster member with Young Audiences/Arts for Learning - Maryland, where he performs Assemblies and Residencies in schools throughout the state.  He is also a Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA.

 

Uncle Devin has been selected to lead a workshop at the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) People of Color Conference in Seattle, WA in December 2019 and was a panelist and a featured artist at the annual KindieFest Conference in Brooklyn, NY (2012 & 2013).  He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Theater, the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater, Governor's Island (NY), the World Cafe Live (Wilmington, DE), Kids Place Live - Sirius/XM Radio, Kids Really Rock (Boston, MA), Jammin' Java (VA), Overtown Youth Center (Miami, FL), numerous libraries, day care centers, summer camps and more.  He was also the recipient of the 2013 Creative Curriculum Award for his volunteer work with the Homeless Children's Playtime Project's in Washington, DC, performing monthly music events for the children of the homeless.

 

Uncle Devin has been performing as a drummer and percussionist for over 30 years, playing with local and international groups such as Fertile Ground, Soul-In-Motion Players, Bottomland, the UMBC Jazz Ensemble, the Lafayette Gilchrist Project, the Contee AME Zion Church Connection, Sense of Urgency Band and Godisheus International Funk Band. One of Devin’s greatest musical moments was when he accompanied on drums the Great Dizzy Gillespie during a 1985 Jazz Workshop in Baltimore, MD. Devin’s vast experience as a social justice activist is expressed in his music.