Jocelyn Pleasant is a percussionist and educator from Bloomfield, CT. She received her first formal training from the Hartt School Community Division in classical percussion at age 10. In addition, she studied African percussion and jazz drum set the Artists Collective, Jackie and Dollie McLean’s community arts center in Hartford, CT. Some of her teachers at the Collective included Alan Palmer, Raymond Williams, and Steve Davis. Both institutions afforded Jocelyn the opportunity to perform throughout New England. Jocelyn continued her music studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC, as a Presidential Arts Scholar and American Studies major. Her primary teachers were Ricky Loza and Alejandro Lucini, with whom she studied Latin drums and percussion.
Jocelyn now resides in Middletown, CT and teaches and plays in a variety of genres and settings. As a member of the North End Artist Cooperative, she runs a free African percussion class, focusing on djembe and dundun rhythms of West Africa. Her current projects as a drummer include Orice Jenkins Band, Nardy Boy (blues/funk), Black Rock Social (reggae/roots), and Medusa (jazz trio with tap dance). As a percussionist, she plays traditional West African drums with Hartford groups Friendz and Mudcloth Mentorship Society. She is also currently on staff at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the Artists Collective, and Green Street Arts Center.