The Primary Years Programme (Grades 3-5) had their Spring Concert Assembly on Friday...and experience I will not soon forget. Fabian, the Lower School Music instructor, developed a magnificent sight and sound experience for the parents and guests to enjoy. In one hour, Fabian and all the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders worked together beautifully to take the audience on a "World Musical Tour." The students weaved around one another to find their designated positions for each song - some found their way to the xylophones, some to the bongo drums, some to the banjos and guitars, some to the recorders, and some to the risers to use their voice and movement to infuse the auditorium with their next piece.
We musically visited the drum beats of the African jungle, the jazz filled streets of New Orleans, the Caribbean isles with their calypso sounds, the south of the United States imitating the music of the slaves...the journey was amazing...and so beautifully performed by each student. The rhythms were toxic and exciting, and the audience was obviously fully engaged. At one point, a select few of the 5th grade students walked to the microphone getting the audience to repeat "I said a Boom-Chicka-Boom, I said a Boom Chicka-Rocka-Chicka-Rocka-Chicka-Boom" in various falsettos and decibels. It was funny, interactive, and quite enjoyable. Bravo, Mr. Fabian...you have done a remarkable job with your music students...BRAVO!