Aisha Ellis

Aisha Ellis is a Detroit native that began playing the drums at the age 13 years old after being influenced and inspired after seeing Sheila E. and Prince perform together the year before. She joined the band at her junior high school and played the snare and bass drums. In the summers she would be a part of the summer youth program Festival Of The Arts for inner city children spearheaded by the artists Kim Weston and Dr. Teddy Harris that did music, song and dance performances at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. When she enrolled in Northwestern high school she also joined the marching and concert bands but really had her heart set on the jazz band. When she asked to join the jazz band the band the director let her know that she had to have a drum kit at home to practice, after a year of asking for drums she finally got them and even joined a band with her school mates. During those days she also attended The Detroit Drum School led by Charley Bannister and won her first drum contest to her surprise. Aisha went on to college and was a music performance major in the jazz and marching bands and played in an off campus band as well. After 3 years of college she came back to Detroit and joined jazz workshops and began playing locally and internationally with all female band Lola Valley, One Be Lo, BWR, Mahogany Jones, Les Nubians and Mollywop! Aisha Ellis is a 2018 Gilda Snowden Award winner in live music and 2019 Art X D winner for her project Beautiful Places And Freedom Spaces.

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  1. Irisevans on April 19, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Hi Aisha! How cool was that! Keep it up xoxo

  2. cfee on April 20, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    waouh very impressiv Aisha. happy to discover your music and drums skills . bravo !

  3. Suzanne M. Marquis on April 24, 2021 at 7:05 am

    WOW!!! Just…. WOW!!!!💕🥁

  4. maryhawaiian on April 29, 2021 at 6:45 am


  5. tericote on May 9, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Oh yeah! You’ve got the FIRE, the Pocket, the energy, you’re connected and dynamics to boot. Love it! I feel it!!!

  6. Diane Hirakawa on May 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations on your high placing. You deserve all the accolades! My band and I didn’t place this year, but fingers still crossed for another “Achievement Award” like in 2018 as those aren’t done yet. Stay safe, Diane

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