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NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AND INTERNATIONAL DRUM MONTH!

Yah-Oh-Way
Yah-Oh-Way, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, highlights the true depth and complexity of Native American societies. Students experience the origins and meanings of the various songs, dances, and traditions of the many tribes that inhabited North America before the arrival of Europeans. By participating in traditional ceremonies, including the Feather Dance, an annual expression […]
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The Ways of the Lenape
Who were the Lenape Native Americans of New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Using Native American artifacts, this program gives students the opportunity to explore the tools, clothing, toys, games, medicine, and music that were part of their daily lives. A fascinating introduction to Lenape culture and customs.
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The Rock-Knockin Native Americans
Through song and guided activities, Billy B. demonstrates how pre-Columbian Native Americans used their ingenuity to build wigwams out of plants, make tools from flint, and trap wildlife for food. There is plenty of audience participation as students come to understand that Native Americans were the first recyclers!  
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Tales from Turtle Island
Many Native Americans refer to North America as Turtle Island. Storyteller Rob Aptaker shares traditional Native tales, including Earth on Turtle’s Back (Iroquois), The Coming of Stories (Lenape), and more. Voices, gestures, animal sounds, and audience participation help bring the characters to life, along with authentic Native American songs accompanied by drum and rattle. Historic […]
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Hiawatha
Hiawatha, a curious young boy, decides to disobey his grandmother and seek a vision alone in the forest. There he finds a sacred cave and enters a magical world full of talking animals and fantastic spirits! He meets a wise Mohawk, called The Peacemaker, who teaches him a wonderful lesson. At last, with the help […]
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Beyond the Beat
This incredible percussion ensemble offers a high-energy, tightly choreographed performance infused with fine musicianship, humor, variety, instruction, and audience participation. One surprise follows another as the musical genres flow from classical to ragtime to improvisation and more—and rusty brake shoes, garbage cans, and wooden stools supplant traditional instrumentation. Topping it all off is the group’s […]
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The Birth of Steel Drum Music
Rockcreek Steel Drum Band takes students on a journey through the history and development of the modern steel drum instrument from its genesis on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad to its current position as one of the primary components of Calypso music. The band invites students to experience the odyssey of this unique instrument […]
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Meet the Beat
This trio marches in with drum loads of information about the art, acoustics, and history of percussion instruments. Students play along, joining demonstrations of the xylophone, vibraphone, timpani, and drums as they learn about different kinds of percussion and the sounds that each instrument makes. Students discover that they can create sound on household objects […]
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Japanese Festival Drums
The music of Taikoza personifies power, grace, pulse, and driving rhythm. In the electrifying Japanese Festival Drums, three performers provide students with an auditory and visual display that captures the vitality and cultural significance of the Japanese folk festival. Students will experience an important element of cultural life in the many villages that span across the […]
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Boom Buckets Around the World!
Students discover the art of drumming! Participants have a blast playing everyday objects like buckets and garbage cans while they develop essential aural musical skills and learn how to read basic musical notation. Along their journey students experience music from different world cultures, participate in ensemble playing, and have the opportunity to perform in an […]
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Beats, Rhymes, and Life
This energetic and engaging exploration of percussion and poetry by Poetry Meets Percussion introduces students to how rhythms and spoken word can awaken their inner artists. Through poetry and percussive sound, students are awakened to both verbal and non-verbal ways to express themselves while learning to develop their own unique voices—one word, one beat at […]
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A Journey Through Latin Percussion
Celebrating the traditions of Latin and Brazilian percussion with this display of syncopated sounds and powerful rhythms. On this trip through the origins, history, and classic rhythms of samba, salsa, and more, the audience engages in collaborative ensemble exercises to explore how these community-based traditions are played together. Students connect to the music and culture […]
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Yah-Oh-Way
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The Ways of the Lenape
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The Rock-Knockin Native Americans
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Tales from Turtle Island
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The Birth of Steel Drum Music
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Japanese Festival Drums
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Boom Buckets Around the World!
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Beyond the Beat
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A Journey Through Latin Percussion
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TESTIMONIALS

"David Gonzalez was AMAZING!! He captivated them from the minute he stepped onto the stage and held their attention for the entire program. He is truly a gifted storyteller!"

Media Specialist Jefferson Elementary

"Mark (Lohr) was an awesome performer! Adults and children alike both were thoroughly entertained and laughed the entire time. He is definitely someone we would consider again."

Youth Services Librarian, Laurel Public Library

"Our school community truly appreciated the art that the performers of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre brought to us. It was an amazing experience enjoyed by all! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to bring this program to children!"

Vice Principal, Copper Hill Elementary

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