Yorel Lashley


Director of Arts



225 N. Mills Street
Suite #264
Madison, WI 53706

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Yorel Lashley serves as the Director of Arts at PLACE. Dr. Lashley is an educator, percussionist, songwriter, and educational psychologist. In 2001, he founded Drum Power, which has used the process of learning West African Traditional, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban percussion to help more than 3,800 young people develop and practice social-emotional skills. In addition to Drum Power, Dr. Lashley also created the Relationships First professional development for building and maintaining healthy classroom culture and fully-integrated social-emotional learning. Dr. Lashley previously performed professionally in New York City for 12 years. www.drumpower.com