Ed Mikenas, MM
Mr. Mikenas is the director of Non-Residential Services for the City of Lynchburg's Department of Juvenile Services. He directed Day Services for the City of Lynchburg and developed 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).
As a NYC studio bassist, he recorded and performed with many notable artists including Skitch Henderson, Esther Phillips, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Martha and the Vandellas, Scarlet Rivera, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny and the Juniors, and Chuck Berry. He was also bassist for the Joffrey Ballet Company, The La Mama Experimental Theatre, and several Broadway shows including Grease, Pippin, and Godspell.
His work with 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. In 2006 his work with hand-drumming and recovery 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 Festival. He will be presenting 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 at Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Va.