Uncle Devin's Bio

Devin Walker, a.k.a., "Uncle Devin, the Children's Drumcussionist," is a national leader in the children's music industry and an award-winning drummer and percussionist. He is the Co-Owner of The Uncle Devin Show®, an interactive musical experience for children that uses percussion instruments to cultivate their minds - a dynamic cross between DC's Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock.

 

As a Teaching Artist, Uncle Devin's performances, workshops, and school residencies take children on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion that allows them to hear, see, and play different percussion instruments. His presentations help children understand the history of percussion and why it is one of the oldest forms of creativity. Uncle Devin has reached thousands of children with his rhythmic sound through his partnerships with Carpe Diem Arts, Teaching for Change, the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and other arts organizations.

 

Uncle Devin is a member of the 1 Tribe Collective, which was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Children’s Music Album in 2022.  His children's book, "The ABCs of Percussion with Music CD," was named a 2015 National Parenting Publication Awards Bronze winner. His "Uncle Devin's Drum Tales" CD won a 2013 Parents' Choice Presentation Award. Uncle Devin's 2018 release, "Be Yourself!" takes a different approach to children's music, using funky drum and percussion grooves as the foundation to teach children about the importance of individuality. The CD empowers, uplifts, and inspires children to embrace and celebrate what makes them unique.

 

Uncle Devin performed at many venues around the country, including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Freeman Stage at Bayside, the Cabot Theater, the GRAMMY Museum, and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling in Harlem, NY, to name a few.

 

Drawing on his 25 years of experience as a Senior Equal Employment and Diversity Officer, Uncle Devin has designed very powerful and insightful professional development courses for adults in the field of children's music. His training course, "Racism in Children's Music: Liberating Music for the Black Child," explores the history of racism in children's music in the United States and abroad and how popular nursery rhymes continue to reinforce inferiority complexes in children.

 

Many institutions have taken advantage of his classes to offer their staff continuing education credits, including many schools, libraries, and universities. He also conducts workshops on the history of Go-Go music (the indigenous music of Washington, DC), Family Involvement Workshops, and more.

 

Uncle Devin is also the creator of a 24/7 online music radio program for children called Watoto Entertainment & Education or WEE Nation Radio, providing Global Beats for Little Feet! They stream R&B, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Go-Go, Reggae, Calypso, and world music, all created for children and families.

 

From April 2020 through January 2022, Uncle Devin became a Radio Producer of a weekly children's music show on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC, which was syndicated on KBOO FM in Portland, OR in April 2021. Uncle Devin is also a former Radio One Talk Show Host in Washington, DC.