EDWARD E. MIKENAS
(434) 386-2222 (H)
www.edmikenas.org (434) 455-5796 (W)
1970 - Bachelor of Science in Music Education and
Performer's Certificate for Musical Excellence from the State University College
at Potsdam, N.Y.
1971 - Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Manhattan
School of Music, New York City. Permanent Certificate to teach Public
School Music in the State of New York.
Bass Studies with:
Andre Garoza - Principal of the Vienna Opera Orchestra
Ron Carter - CTI Recording Artist
Orin O'Brien - New York Philharmonic
Samuel Hollingsworth - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Robert Zimmermann - Rochester Philharmonic
Percussion Studies with:
Sandy Feldstein –SUNY Potsdam
Papa Ladji Camara, Abdul Doumbia, Mohammed D’Costa, Madou Dembele, Djimo
Kouyate, Sidi "Joh" Camara, Al Wojtera, Dominik Burch
1986 -Collegiate/Professional Certification from the
Commonwealth of Virginia.
1987 - National Roster of Trainers from the North Carolina School of
Social Work at Chapel Hill.
1992 - Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) from the
Commonwealth of Virginia.
1998 - Mediation Certification from the Supreme Court of Virginia,
2005 to Present - Organist for Holy Cross Church-Lynchburg, VA.
2005 to Present - Bassist with the SRO Big Band-Roanoke, VA.
2004 - Presented drumming workshops for the ROMUVA CAMP FESTIVAL in
Dvarciskes Village, Lithuania.
Provided training for Family Preservation Services.
2001-02 Developed and taught graduate course titled "Drumming on the
Edge of Leadership" for the Waldron School of Social Work at Radford University.
2000 – Bassist with Sonny Fortune and the Lenny Marcus Trio at the
Barbados Jazz Festival.
Bassist with the Lenny Marcus Trio-Spoleto Jazz Festival.
1999 – Developed "The PEARLS" HAND-DRUM ENSEMBLE comprised of 4th
and 5th graders from various local elementary schools. Performed at
the Virginia PAS Day of Percussion 4/1/00.
Perfomed with Frank Foster at Grenada’s "Spice Island Jazz Festival".
1998- produced a record entitled Renaissance with Rene Croan
(Rene-Marie) and Tom Ohmson.
1997 to Present - Developer and Director of DAY SERVICES. (City of
Lynchburg) Duties include the management and operation of the program. Develop
policies and practices, hire staff, manage the budget, supervise student interns
from area colleges. Conduct Substance Abuse and Mediation Groups. Provide
training to state, city, and program employees as required.
1988 to 1997 - Superintendent of SPARC HOUSE. (City of Lynchburg)
Duties include the management, organization and direction of operations of the
facility. Develop policies, hire and schedule staff, manage budget, and
supervise practicum placements from area colleges. Conduct substance abuse
education and prevention groups for residents and family members. Provide
training to state, city, and facility employees as required.
1983 to 1988 - Assistant Director of ABRAXAS HOUSE (Department of
Corrections). Duties included supervision of line staff, supervision of
practicum placements from area colleges and universities, provide family
counseling to residents and their families, liaison between agencies and the
public. Program evaluation. Training of state and facility staff in basic skills
form residential programs as required.
1982 to 1984 - Residential Director of the TREES Program (Augusta Co.
Public Schools). Duties included supervision of staff and residents.
Supervision of practicum placements from area colleges and universities.
Maintain case records. Provide family counseling. Teach independent living
skills. Community liaison. Provide recreation.
1979 to 1981 - Recreation Site Director for Rockingham Co. Parks and
Recreation. Duties included providing a wide range of recreational activities to
all age groups.
1971 to Present - Freelance bassist for Broadway shows, stage bands,
combos, resorts, and recording sessions for commercials and records. (Pippin,
1987 to 1988 - Organist for the New Hope United Methodist Church in New
Hope, Virginia. Music Director and pianist for productions put on by ShenanArts
of Verona, Virginia.
1986 to 1987 - Bassist with Linda and Robin Williams (Prairie Home
Companion). Tour included performances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
1977 to 1979 - Bassist for Warner Brothers Records and Wisner
Productions. Recorded fusion-jazz albums and did promotional tours in the United
States and Canada.
1975 to 1976 - Bassist with Esther Phillips (CTI recording artist).
Performed on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Good Morning, America,
Dick Clark's West Coast version of American Bandstand. Toured the United
States on promotional tours and received standing ovations from Christmas to New
Year at the Apollo Theatre in New York City.
1975 to 1976 - Bassist with the La Mama Experimental Theatre. NYC.
Played and performed in contemporary versions of Greek tragedies. Other duties
included writing and arranging. Direct by Andre Serban. Artistic direction by
1974 to 1975 - Bassist, guitarist, organist, and actor with the ALIVE
Company. Performed "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" in
the United States and Canada. Produced by Wayne Adams. Technical direction by
1974 to 1975 - Bassist with the Joffrey Ballet Company at the City
Center in New York City. Also performed on national tours including the Kennedy
Center, Wolftrap Performing Arts Center in Vienna Virginia, and the stage at
1971 to 1975 - Bassist with Jay and the Americans. Performed first
as a sideman in the final year as an "American". Major performances on the East
Coast included Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, and The Spectrum. Also
was part of the rhythm section for "The Angels", "Gary and the Juniors", "The
Coasters", "The Five Satins", "Gary U.S. Bond", "Bo Diddley", and "Chuck Berry".
1972 to 1973 - Bassist with the Skitch Henderson Orchestra.
Performed on national tours throughout the United States. (Columbia Artist
1972 - Principal bassist with the Jacksonville Music Collective in
1971 - Principal bassist with the Caecilian Orchestra; bassist for
Joel Kay and the Stan Kenton Neophonic Orchestra; bassist for the Super Stars of
Israel at Carnegie Hall; bassist for the Larry Elgart Big Band.
1993 to 2005 - Member of Faculty at Radford University's Music Dept.
teaching classical and jazz bass and performing with the faculty jazz ensembles.
Also taught as adjunct faculty at Lynchburg College, Sweet Briar College, and Roanoke College.
1992 to 1994 - Professor at Central Virginia Community College. Providing
Substance Abuse Education and Prevention courses.
1991 to Present - Co-founder of CLUB CONGA, a Percussive arts
ensemble that promotes the development of talent and artistic potential through
participation in hand-drumming cultural events. CLUB CONGA has opened for
Richie Havens, performed at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, performed
at Central Virginia Community College, Western Virginia Community College,
Lynchburg college, Randolph-Macon Women's College and the Lynchburg Fine Arts
1986 to 1989 - Adjunct faculty for the Commonwealth of Virginia's Academy
for Staff Development (DOC).
1989 to 1990 - Volunteer instructor in Lynchburg Public Schools as a
music and cultural consultant..
1988 - Chair for the Virginia Community Residential Care Association's
Conference Planning Committee. Developed, designed, and organized instructional
conferences for statewide consumption.
1981 to current - Teach parenting skills, progressive relaxation,
substance abuse education and prevention, sex education to clients and families
1971 to Present - Maintain a private teaching practice in music,
specifically classical and jazz bass studies, hand drums and percussion. Also
ear training, theory, harmony, and improvisation.
1971 to Present - Guest lecturer/workshop facilitator/performer at
various colleges, universities, and public schools. (see also DRUMMING ON THE
EDGE OF LEADERSHIP) <www.lynchburgva.gov/juvenileservices/drum_edge_leadership.htm>
1977 - Volunteer music instructor in the Englewood, NJ public schools.
Taught music and humanities to learning disabled middle school children.
1969 - Music Director for Cherry Valley Central School in Cherry Valley
NY. (Summer Program) Instructed grades 6-12 in instrumental music and directed
the marching band and majorettes in competitions.
1966 to 1969 - Organist and Choir Director of the United Methodist Church
in Amsterdam, New York.
1993 to Present - Creator and Presenter of DRUMS: NOT DRUGS, a
Substance Abuse Alternative Treatment Milieu and DRUMMING ON THE EDGE OF
LEADERSHIP CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS.
Lynchburg Suzuki School
National Association for African-American Studies Conference
Lynchburg Counseling Center Annual Retreat-Adolescent Team
Human Services Management Retreat -Team Building
Dept. of Social Services Reorganization Retreat
Fine Arts Council of the Blue Ridge (Center Scholar Program)
Dept. of Social Services Independent Living Program (Inner City Youth)
Drum Building Workshops with DSS Inner City Youth
Mental Health Summer Program for Adolescents
City of Lynchburg Leadership Training/Public Works
Campbell County DSS Team Building Training
Bedford Hills Elementary School-developing creativity in 4-5th grade
State YMCA Teen Leadership Conferences (7)
10th International Corrections/Juvenile Justice Trainers' Conference
Lynchburg City Manager's Office-Leadership Training/several
Miriam's House – community outreach
Blue Ridge Community Services Board Annual Training
Copal Elementary School assemblies
VAADAC State-wide conference
VJJA State-wide Conference
CATAWBA HOSPITAL/Executive staff
Amazement Square Children's Hands-On Museum
TC Miller/Dearington/Project DoubleTeam-Jubilee Heights-DRUMMING ON THE EDGE
Featured in TV commercial for Jubilee Heights Family Center
Virginia Percussive Arts Society-DAY OF PERCUSSION 4/1/00
Creative Impulse in Therapy Conference – 2000 through 2006
The Lynchburg Academy of Music -2001
R.S. Payne Enrichment and Remediation Academy-2001, 2002, 2003
19th Annual Seminar on Older Persons – 2001
National Child Welfare Institute Conference – 2001, 2002
22nd Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of
Human Resources Leadership Training, City of Lynchburg – 2002
International Conference for the Arts and Humanities-Honolulu, Hawaii-2003
Centra Health Corporation Executive Training-2003
Centra Health Corporation CNA Conference -2003
Chatham Hall - 2003
International Conference for Indo-Romuvan Studies-2003
Keynote Speaker-VA State Day of Percussion –2003
Black History Month Drumming workshop-Randolph Macon Women's College-2004-2006
Best Practices Conference - Lynchburg City Schools -2004-2006
ROMUVA CAMP FESTIVAL-Lithuania -2004
VA Department of Rehabilitative Services-2006
Member - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Member - American Federation of Musicians, Local #123
Virginia Association of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors past Board
Editor and co-founder of SIRENS, a literary magazine from the
Manhattan School of Music, NYC
Published selected poetry in the SUNY, Potsdam literary magazine
Member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
Studio Musician/ bass and percussion for commercials, albums, CD's and other
Perform with the Lynchburg Symphony
Perform with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
Additional performances include Martha and the Vandellas, Maureen
McGovern, Roy Haynes, Chip McNeill, Rene Croan (Rene Marie), Lisanne Lyons,
Lenny Marcus, Sonny Fortune, Herb Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Mundell
Lowe, Mercedez Ellington, Frank Foster, Stefanie Nakasian, Carl Anderson, John
D’earth, Lou Donaldson, Steve Khan, David Friedman, Jan Metzger, Vinnie
Valentino, Rich Little, Jane L. Powell, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Rodney Dangerfield.
Published an article in Percussive Notes Volume 37 #2
titled "DRUMS: NOT DRUGS".
Published an article in Percussive Notes Volume 41, #1
titled "DRUMMING ON THE EDGE OF LEADERSHIP". Reference <www.pas.org>
Published an article in Percussive Notes Volume 60, February 2005
titled "WALKING AND TALKING WITH OUR HANDS: Hand Drumming and Group Process
in Substance Abuse Recovery." Reference <www.pas.org>
Written a one-act play titled The Two Different Faces of a Moment
based on a West African folk-tale.
Book Review Published on the web at <http://drums.org/djembefaq/v16e8.htm>
on Mande Music.
Referenced in an article titled "Complementary Therapy for Addiction:
Drumming Out Drugs", published by Dr. Michael Winkelman in the American
Journal of Public Health, April 2003, Vol. 93, No. 4. <www.ajph.org>
Referenced in a book titled Religion and Healing in America, edited by
Linda L. Barnes and Susan S. Sered. Published by Oxford University Press,
Referenced in an article titled "The Social Benefits of Rhythm."
Referenced in the 2006 July/August issue of The Addiction Professional
in an article titled "CATCHING THE BEAT OF THE DRUM,"
written by Brion P. McAlarney. Reference <http://addictionpro.com/issues/2006/07/040/>
REFERENCES ARE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST