Percy Danforth was called a national treasure by the Library of Congress and the Folklife Archive recorded him for posterity. Many RBS members learned to play rhythm bones from Percy in person, at workshops or through his instruction books and video.  Percy had three careers, architect, engineer and teacher, and teaching was his favorite.


Percy was a great performer who play at folk events as well as with orchestras.   The inconsistent sound of animal bones started him thinking about making them out of wood, and the result is Danforth Rhythm Bones that are still being made today.


To preserve Percy’s legacy, the Rhythm Bones Society has a museum exhibit with an enormous collection of his memorabilia.

Percy Media (more in his Memorabilia)

With David Holt

With Andy Cohen