Anthony Padilla Conga Mania, Tumbao Band
Tony Padilla has performed for over thirty years and has established an impressive resume. Since 1983, Tony has been conducting percussion workshops throughout United States including The Eastman School Of Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of Colleges, High School and Elementary facilities. Audiences of all ages have thoroughly enjoyed his workshops. While performing with percussion instruments to a variety of musical styles, Tony gives his audience an opportunity to participate by performing with him. Tony supplies a large variety of unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world that captivate and initiate audience participation. You will experience excitement through the rhythms and acquire knowledge about the African & Latin American cultures. “Where there is percussion, there is dance”. All age levels experience success and fun with the world of percussion”.
PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT WORKSHOPS
Display several unusual & traditional percussion instruments from around the world.
Discuss different geographical & cultural origins and their relationship to percussion.
Demonstrate different hand techniques to create sounds.
Encourage audience participation by inviting students to perform.
Conduct exercises for an understanding of time & space in rhythm/music.
Teach participants to play the different Afro-Latin rhythms to multi-musical settings including all types of musical genres.
This percussion ensemble is an extremely exciting group of some of the best percussionists in the Rochester area. The ensemble explores the details of the many afro-latin rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Whether we are playing Salsa, Merengue, Bomba, Plena, Samba, Guaguanco, Mozambique or Comparsa – we establish the traditional interweavings of these rhythms and then add our own variations. The ensemble will discuss the particular rhythm’s origin and instrumentation.
LIVE BAND PERFORMANCES
Tony has collaborated with many musicians allowing him to perform in a great range of musical styles and settings. Duo’s, trio’s, quartets and full band ensemnbles are available for performances. Learn, understand and differentiate the role as a Latin Percussionist in various musical settings through live performances and workshops. Special guest artist will unite with Tony to perform.
Students Attend Live Performances
Observe multi musical settings with various instrumentations
To develop an awareness and understanding of Afro Cuban rhythms through literature and demonstration.
To reveal how the history and cultures of particular regions directly relate to music.
To inform students of musical pioneers and their impact on the arts.
To create an understanding of the traditions and cultural diversity which render a truly unique world.
To build self-esteem through the arts.
To encourage responsibility, cooperation and unity within a work group.
Nancy Bryan, The Songwriter’s Playground
“The Songwriter’s Playground” is a series of songwriting/recording workshops offering lyrical and musical development as students write and record songs together under the tutelage of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and teaching artist, Nancy Bryan. In these classes, the parameters of song form are given, providing a framework where students can begin to express themselves more freely. Since songs are really poetry put to music, there is a great emphasis on learning the subtleties of lyric writing by using pictures and metaphors. These tools are brought to bear on topics teachers have chosen for the students to write about, ranging from subjects as varied as geography, math, social studies and character education. The recording experience, when they record their vocals over full instrumental tracks consisting of drums, guitar, keyboards and bass, teaches them about pitch and blending. When they perform their original songs, it gives them confidence in their own unique vision. The teacher, Nancy Bryan, has written songs for Walt Disney Records, including songs for beloved characters such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Winnie the Pooh”. She and husband John have performed and opened for artists such as Billy Joel and Emmy Lou Harris. Songs they have composed are constantly heard on the Disney and Lifetime Channels. Since moving to the Finger Lakes, they have written and recorded over three hundred songs with students in schools throughout the region. It is an experience the students never forget! Grades 3-12
Ted Canning Steel Drums
“Steel Drum Paradise”
Follow the creation of the steel drum, or “pan,” from its African roots to its own distinct musical tradition. See how people came up with the idea of making musical instruments on oil barrels. From beginning to end students will participate in the music-making, including the creation of a steel band performing on your stage.
The Game Changers -A celebration of Black history. (K-5)
Topher will take the audience on a journey from the slave plantations through the civil rights movement. They will venture on the underground railroad as they sing Follow the Drinking Gourd. The show will culminate with the song “Change begins With me” as the audience remembers men and women in our country of great courage. The audience will help write a verse of their own as they add their own heroes who changed our world. Fredrick Douglas will be highlighted this year.
Giraffes Can’t Dance (PreK-3)
Meets Early Childhood, Music, Theatre & Character Education needs: Enjoy interactive storytelling, dance and drumming while experiencing the story that teaches self-esteem, self-confidence and a celebration of individuality.
Custom Created Programing
Crafted to meet Early Childhood, Music, ELA, Math, Theatre & Character Education needs: One of Topher’s unique skills is the ability to custom create or co-create a program specific to the needs or your your school or individual classroom. Not only is this a fantastic way to meet your unique situation, it is also a very rewarding and positive experience for educators as well as students.
Vincent Nunes performs original, multiple award-winning music for children to enhance curriculum topics, stimulate creative thought, encourage shared community values and inspire the development of fundamental physical skills. He has been writing and performing original music for children for more than 30 years, and is a participating member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Smart Songs for Active Children:
In this concert children will hear Vincent Nunes’ original songs which emphasize curriculum, community and creativity. Every song is accompanied by simplified American Sign Language, gestures and other motions which help children retain the content of the song. The tunes are catchy and children are engaged by Vincent’s enthusiastic performance.
Move, Move, Move:
Vincent Nunes’ original songs introduce age-appropriate fundamental movement skills to early learners. These songs, many from his new release, the multiple award-winning CD of the same name, are fun and keep children hopping, bouncing, running in place, and a variety of other movements essential for children as they develop. Along with physical skills, Vincent’s music introduces foundational curriculum concepts for language and counting, such as prepositions, patterning and order.
Building a Better Community Song by Song:
The music in this concert introduces shared community values, including mutual respect, the importance of volunteering, environmental awareness and responsibility, and civility. These original songs remind children that the world they live in has other people, other creatures and the outside world itself. The songs invite children to practice both academic and non-academic skills, such as grit and determination, perseverance, and participating in groups. Vincent sings about racial diversity, gender equality, and cooperation, using fun activities and catchy melodies to capture the imaginations of children.
Theater, Dance, Visual Art, Music
The ‘storytelling theatre’ of DAYSTAR emphasizes a respect for Native American belief systems and world view while offering a broad interpretive reflection on those traditions. DAYSTAR performs and teaches the ‘old style’ traditional dance, historical and modern dance, mask and mask-making, singing and character transformation. DAYSTAR is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational dance company that presents an expression of Indigenous peoples living strong in the 21st century. Daystar/Rosalie Jones was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and acknowledges Pembina (Little Shell) ancestry as passed through her mother’s lineage.
GAMES AND DANCES OF TURTLE ISLAND (K-8, adapted to class periods)
A participatory session to experience the animal, bird and fish stories of Indigenous peoples. The Fish Dance (Menominee), The Mosquito Dance (Cherokee), the Duck Dance (Creek), the Snake/River Dance (Ojibway). Songs and sign language can be included as time permits.
DANCES AND STORIES OF TURTLE ISLAND (high school level, adapted to class periods)
Signature Intertribal dances are demonstrated with explanation of their origination and history in North American Indigenous cultures. The Butterfly Dance (women’s fancy shawl), Legacy of the Dream (Jingle Dress Dance), The Grass Dance (men’s dance), The Hoop Dance. Students participate and learn these dances in longer sessions. Ask for details.
DANCING THE FOUR DIRECTIONS (high school level, adapted to periods or 1 hour)
An illustrated talk (40 minutes) on the Ojibway Medicine Circle that describes the world as a great Circle to which we all belong – a teaching tool to be utilized by anyone to understand how to live ‘the good life’. Performance (15 minutes) of ‘Dancing the Four Directions” is the story of one person’s journey to learn from the Water, the Deer and the Eagle. Talk and Dance can be presented formally on stage with lighting, if available.
Kevin is an experienced, award-winning, and inspirational singer-songwriter.
He’s been living his dream of performing professionally for over 30 years and this is his full-time career for 20 years. He’s played thousands of shows for a large variety of events through the USA, Canada, and most recently in Ireland.
School Assembly Programs
Kevin has fun and exciting school assembly programs enjoyed by both students and staff of all ages. He plays guitar, sings, and plays familiar – upbeat songs. He also uses state-of-the-art technology to enhance his programs. He gets students and staff singing, dancing and having fun, all while all while learning an impactful and powerful message. He has a variety of interactive character education programs which help create enthusiasm for the entire school and generate excitement for learning.
“This is by far the best assembly I’ve seen in 30 years” – Principal at Lorraine Elementary in Western New York
“Our students and staff were absolutely astounded by your show you provided for us. The way you mixed in current music that the kids know and love with your message was excellent” – Principal at Sinclairville in Western New York
“This is the second time you presented one of your amazing programs for our school we once again thrilled… It isn’t an easy task to get more than 500 children to truly understand the powerful message that you so easily articulated!” – Principal at Corry Elementary in Western Pennsylvania