Jeremy Holmes is the founder and leader of The Little Ditties, and the main creative force behind the group. Since the release of the his award wining debut children’s album (The Little Ditties) he has launched a new initiative in collaborative music-making called Squad Rock.
The ability to express oneself through music – whether it’s writing lyrics, melodies, or just rocking out on drums – is vital to one’s intellectual and emotional development. With this in mind, Jeremy has been active in the community engaging both kids and adults in collaborative songwriting efforts throughout his home province of Nova Scotia. Jeremy visits classrooms and schools, working with kids to write songs about topics and issues important to them. He also meets with kids one-on-one in his studio for songwriting workshops, and has just begun music workshops for adults with intellectual disabilities. All of the people Jeremy meets and sings with become part of the Little Ditties Squad, and some of the songs created with Squad members end up being recorded and released on the Little Ditties YouTube channel, and on Little Ditties albums.
Little Ditties live performances are where everyone gets the chance to see Squad Rock in action. Audience members get the chance to see Jeremy and his band create brand new music during the show, with audience members helping to write lyrics, melodies, and even get up on stage to jam with the band. This is the essence of Squad Rock: music should be fun, accessible, and something that everyone can and should be part of.