River City Drum Corp

The River City Drum Corp drumming program rises from the foundation of the pipe drums.

The Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble opens the membership to the world mallet percussive symphonic instruments.


The Drum Line connects the membership to the traditions, styles, showmanship, and techniques of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Marching Band Drum Line Traditions.

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For over 25 years, the River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute, Inc. (RCDC) has been enriching Louisville youth and families through arts and educational enhancement. The Corp was founded under the direction of Edward ‘Nardie’ White while at the Parkland Girls’ & Boys’ Club. Shortly afterward, the Corp moved its office and programming to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in West Louisville. Since that time, the group has acquired non-profit status and expanded programming to include: pipe and drumline drumming, percussion, piano, cultural arts enhancement, leadership and social skills development, career exploration and professional skills development..


Provide a structured environment and support system to stimulate youth as community leaders and create a community where live music is enhanced and strengthen through the “Spirit of the Drum”.


River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute, Inc. programs are designed to enhance the development of African American families with children through education, arts, and culture.


Our purpose is to provide opportunities for families to reconnect to vast historical accomplishments of African- Americans in the building American and this information as a foundation rebuilding our families and community.

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