Omaha Street Percussion started with an effort to raise funds for OSP member Jeff Babcock, as he and his wife were in the process of adopting a young boy from South Korea. The guys, who had already known each other through a variety of previous drum activities, got together and performed a handful of times in the Old Market district in downtown Omaha for donations. After the Babcocks successfully brought their son home, the guys noticed that there was a high level of interest in the activity, therefore deciding to form the group and give it the name Omaha Street Percussion. Credible names such as the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, the Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball club contacted OSP for more performance opportunities. Also, teachers and principals from area schools began showing interest in before and after-school percussion programs.
OSP has performed over 1,000 local and regional shows, including festivals, corporate events, school assemblies, and the occasional street corner performance. They continue to work with dozens of schools hosting both assemblies and workshops.
A Free 30 Minute Percussion Workshop for kids will be held 6:15 – 6:45 PM at the bandshell before the performance.