Ed Mikenas, MM

Adjunct Instructor of Music


Mr. Mikenas is the developer of the DRUMMING ON THE EDGE OF LEADERSHIP curriculum for the Waldron School of Social Work at Radford University. He has a master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, New York City, and is certified as a substance abuse counselor (CSAC). A portion of this curriculum is being implemented through The Music Bridge program at Lynchburg College.

As a NYC studio bassist, he recorded and performed with many notable artists including Skitch Henderson, the Larry Elgart Big Band, Esther Phillips, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Martha and the Vandellas, Scarlet Rivera, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny and the Juniors, and Mama Lion. He was bassist for the Joffrey Ballet Company, The La Mama Experimental Theatre, and several Broadway shows including Grease, Pippin, Godspell, and The Magic Show.

His work with hand drums and recovery has been referenced in the American Journal of Public Health (April 2003, Vol. 93, No. 4) in an article by Dr. Michael Winkelman titled “Complementary Therapy for Addiction: Drumming Out Drugs.” His work with hand drumming has also been referenced in a book titled “Religion and Healing in America,” published by the Oxford University Press and edited by Linda L. Barnes and Susan S. Sered; and in 2006 he was referenced in the Addiction Professional journal in an article titled “Catching the Beat of the Drum.”

Mr. Mikenas is an active studio musician, teacher, producer, and performer and also offers training and workshops that combine drumming, wellness and leadership. He has published several articles on the benefits of hand drumming in Percussive Notes. In 2004 Mr. Mikenas was invited to Lithuania by the former department head of the Ministry of Culture to present hand drumming workshops at the ROMUVA Summer Festival. In 2009 he presented a workshop at the “Toward a Science of Consciousness” Conference in Hong Kong, China, in June, 2009. He is currently the organist and choir director of the Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Va.