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Milam Elementary School April 9, 2010

Performance made possible through a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival


ď‚— Rhythm Journey is a high-energy multicultural

presentation . The students at Milam Elementary School had an opportunity to explore various African, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms and folklore that helped explain the connection between African-American history and Hispanic heritage.


ď‚— The children heard a message that also taught the

importance of showing respect for different cultures, food and traditions.


ď‚— The program was delivered in English and Spanish and

Dan had the children and teachers playing, dancing, even rapping! ď‚— Here is a sampling of some of the drums and other

percussion instruments demonstrated that day.


Set-up Dan arrived an hour early to set up all of the percussion instruments for his performance.


All of the third and fourth graders made their way to the cafetorium.


Introducing‌ Mrs. Davis –Principal and Maggie Hubbardmusic teacher introduce Dan to the children.


Dan gives a short overview of some of the instruments he will play.


The fun begins in: AFRICA!

Here the congo drums are used to alert others in the village and to tell stories.


Now we travel to: CUBA!

This instrument developed from the wooden boxes used to carry sugar cane on the boats.


Dan demonstrates other instruments.


Bongo Drums!


With just a little help from the audience Dan puts together his “band�.


“I need some more volunteers!” ME!

Me! ME me

Me!

me ME!

ME!


It’s the

CHICKEN DANCE!!!!


We are going to take another trip‌

‌in our imagination.

Can you imagine a rain storm?


A gourd rain stick is used to simulate the sound of rain.


Moving on to‌ BRAZIL!

A Berimbau musical bow looks like a bow and arrow but it is an instrument which grew out of the AfroBrazilian martial arts.


A little more audience participation! The LIMBO originated on the island of Trinidad. The dancer moves to a Caribbean beat as the limbo stick gets lower and

Lo w er!


Drumming makes you want to ‌ DANCE!


Whoa! Upside down!


Now, let’s go to… NEW ORLEANS!

Here jazz lead the way to Hip Hop. Do we have any rappers out there?


THANK YOU for inviting me to your school.


Pictured here are: Maggie Hubbardmusic teacher

Mary Ellen Castillo-The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

Judy Davis-Principal Dan EggerBelandria-“Rhythm Journey”


Milam Elementary School April 9, 2010

Performance made possible through a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival


Dan Egger-Belandria