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After hearing about Jacksonville's high dropout rate and other problems plaguing the you, Owens and his family started a program called, "don't Miss A Beat", to help suspended youth stay in school. First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Multi-grammy award winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. has been playing the drums since he was 2-years-old.

Raised in the Crystal Springs area on the Westside of Jacksonville, Owens says music is in his DNA.

Owens attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, went on to graduate with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School, from there Owens traveled the world as a jazz drummer.

After hearing about Jacksonville's high dropout rate and other problems plaguing the youth, Owens and his family started a program called, "Don't Miss A Beat", to help suspended youth stay in school.

D.M.A.B. started off McDuff Avenue in the Holly Brooks Projects.

It had so much success, the Jax Children Commission and Parks and Recreation offered Owens a 1200-square-foot space inside the J.S. Johnson Center in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

The campers taught music, dance and the performing arts by the cultural ambassador himself.

Owens says he wouldn't be where he without music, it gave him his identity and now he's hoping to hit the right note in his campers minds so they too can experience success.

Ulysses Owens Jr. is our "Hero Next Door".

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