Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Workshops Day 2

The second day at Ekhaya ended with a bang! As theory, and technique had worn down the kids patience a little, we decided to do an expo and general jam session. The african drummers showed off there new repertoire and the SOA battery and Ian played a challenging but awesome exercise written for a DCI corps. The kids were thrilled as they took up the chant "we want more!" We didn't have much choice, so we gave them an encore.
After the percussion, it was the brass' turn to let loose. We played a bunch of South African tunes...kind of a jazz improv session...Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, God Save the Queen, and the South African National Anthem. A lot of these kids play really well by ear, so they excelled as they improvised on these songs they have heard for their whole lives. It was really fun to let loose and play for the fun of it.

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