A small group of our young men was split into two classes. In each session, our boys entered a room littered with bongos, congas (both instruments that originate in the Caribbean), and even a djembe—a popular drum of West African origin.
After they had selected their instruments of choice, our kids were given a basic overview on the techniques and principles of hand drum performance and then led in a simple rhythm sequence. Once our boys were able to get a hang of playing, the instructors encouraged our boys to develop their own beat. After each class had practiced a few times, they then performed their arrangements for each other! One class even dubbed their new hit song “French Toast” in honor of the breakfast they had enjoyed that morning.
Our boys greatly enjoyed their lessons, and their lively performances resulted in many curious coworkers and youth stopping by to enjoy the music. The workshop was so successful, in fact, that we hope to have them back soon for a multi-day program!
A huge thank you to James Hall and Michael for bringing some much-needed energy and fun in the middle of winter, and congrats to our boys for learning to play new instruments!