News & opinion Annual HUG Award contender #5: Mr. Ralph Hicks, Let Them Drum

Annual HUG Award contender #5: Mr. Ralph Hicks, Let Them Drum

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communic

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ith Luke led to

sm

ll d

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t Mitchell Inte

medi

te in Con

oe ISD,

he

e M

. Hicks

lso te

ches b

nd, m

de up of students

ith dis

bilities

nd typic

l student d

umme

s. Let’s

llo

M

. Hicks to t

ke ove

the n

itive

nd expl

in fu

the

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om ou

fi

st meeting

e knee

e

e on to something speci

l!

e h

ve slo

ly g

o

n to p

ovide community d

um thepy sessions by licensed music thepists f

ee of ch

ge,

nd h

ve

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ted

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fo

m ove

20 times

ye

on

viety of pe

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uments

t venues such

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y Squ

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sity,

nd the Houston

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e h

ve st

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ships in the community

ith The

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l Life Net

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k,

nd the S

m Houston St

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tment.

e’ve even been fe

tu

ed in the Houston Ch

onicle

nd on Fox 26 Mo

ning Ne

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Houston Hug d, M

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ted to imp

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th Houston

nd suounding communities th

ough holistic

nd tistic Pe

cussion expe

iences.  M

Hicks

ho by d

y is

b

nd di

ectot Mitchell Inte

medi

te in Con

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elessly don

tes much of his f

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the benefits of othe

s by giving countless oppo

tunities to child

en

ith- o

ithout dis

bilities to enjoy the benefits of music

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mothe

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child on the

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Hicks h

s touched my child’s life in

y I could h

ve neve

done,

nd fo

th

t I

m fo

eve

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. lph Hicks is

m

n

ith

t

ue p

ssion fo

pe

cussion

nd using his p

ssion

nd t

lent to te

ch, help

nd inspi

e eve

yone ound him. His t

lents h

ve gne

ed much

ccl

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st including <

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st pl

ce in the P

S Inte

n

tion

l Vibphone Solo competition

nd being selected

s one of Y

m

h

Young Pe

fo

ming

tists. He no

o

ks

s

te

che

of pe

cussion

t Mitchell Inte

medi

te in The

oodl

nds,

nd of cou

se

ith Let Them D

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ho bette

to expl

in the benefits of Let Them D

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n the mothe

of one of the child

en

ho is

membe

of the Let Them D

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llsts. So ove

to Denise Cheplick… n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">(My son) Pke

Cheplick is 12 ye

s old

nd is on the

utism Spect

um.  He h

d been

ith Let Them D

um fo

bout 2 ½ ye

s no

.  He loves this g

oup bec

use he

e

lly nted to be in the b

nd

t school.  Ho

eve

, it

ould h

ve been difficult fo

him to keep up

ith his typic

l pee

s so finding M

.  Hicks

nd Let Them D

um h

s m

de

d

e

m come t

ue fo

him. M

. Hicks is ve

y p

tient

ith

ll of the kids

nd includes them into

n event no m

tte

thei

bility o

dis

bility.  M

. Hicks m

kes P

ke

feel impo

t

nt in this g

oup. He looks fo

d to

ttending

eekly d

um ci

cles

he

e he sees his ne

lifelong f

iends he

nd his f

mily h

ve met.  <

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h

s g

ined confidence

nd feels p

oud.  P

ke

h

s

ttended m

ny events

ith the Let Them D

um

ll Sts.  He h

s h

d the oppo

tunity to go to events

nd pl

ces th

t he

ouldn’t h

ve otheise been exposed to such

s

ockets g

me, Con

oe Go Tex

ns P

de, m

ny diffe

ent

uns

nd

lks, diffe

ent types of chu

ches, N

tion

l Pe

cussion ts Society Convention in S

n

ntonio, etc.  <

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n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Pke

h

s g

ined so m

ny positive qu

lities f

om Let Them D

um th

t it is hd to

emembe

them

ll.  Some include the follo

ing: being mo

e p

tient, imp

ovement in his ove

ll beh

vio

,

ble to listen to inst

uction bette

, being pt of

te

m, being included

ith typic

l pee

s, h

ving mo

e confidence, bette

eye h

nd coo

din

tion, being exposed to m

ny diffe

ent pe

cussion inst

uments,

nd is noble to tolete mo

e stimul

tion

ithout being e

sily ove

stimul

ted. He

ely h

s meltdo

ns due to ove

stimul

tion

nymo

e since joining Let Them D

um. He

lso p

ticip

ted in his fi

st 5K

un

ithout

ny tining bec

use of the exposu

e

nd excitement he h

d

hile chee

ing fo

othe

unne

s

ith Let Them D

um.<

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n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">M

. Hicks

nd Let Them D

um h

s been

blessing not only fo

Pke

, but fo

ouhole f

mily so

e e ete

n

lly gteful th

t

e found this

onde

ful o

g

niz

tion.  

e e

ble to

ttend fun events togethend h

ve met m

ny

onde

ful

nd c

ing people.  

e h

ve

lso lened

bout othe

esou

ces

nd g

oups th

t

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