Beth Lenz learned how to play the bones from Percy Danforth, whom she met while pursuing her degree in percussion performance at the University of Michigan. Her interest in the bones continued and the history and performing techniques became the topic of her thesis for a subsequent master’s degree in ethnomusicology, also from the University of Michigan.


Ms. Lenz currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a free-lance percussionist and private percussion teacher. Favorite gigs include two performances with Dave Brubeck, a recording session with Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller, and on occasion features a performance on the bones.