African Drum Ensemble and Making Rock Showcase

The McDaniel College Department of Music will present a performance by its Student African Drum Ensemble and students in its Making Rock music class on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will take place in Decker College Center Forum.

The Student African Drum Ensemble is under the direction of McDaniel music department faculty Pape Demba "Paco" Samb, a “Senegalese Griot,” or West African historian, storyteller, singer, poet, dancer, and/or musician.  Samb grew up in Senegal, learning to play the drums, and came to the U.S. in 2013.  Samb originally came to the U.S. to perform with his band and once he arrived here he decided to stay.

Students involved in the drum ensemble are Tiffany Afoakwa, Myah Alexander, Camelia Beard, Rachel Behrmann-Fowler, Matthew Boykin-Derrill, Shane Braden, Harrison Curnutte, Brendan Deyo, Colin Fisher, Max Gosselin, Tim Griest, Craig Grunewald, Sam Hampton, Tyshay Hart, Veronica Johns, Madisyn Johnson, Alexis Knowles, Megan Kotelchuck, Sam Long, Shawn McBurnie, Richard Mitchell, Megan Quattrone, Brandon Richmond, Jake Scott, Ben Stapelton, Brad Thaxton, Miranda Thompson, Allie Titus, Renie Tsomos, Alicia Wagner, Isaiah Williams, Jamese Word, Rachel Zanoni, and Andrew Zimmel.  Among the pieces they will perform are “Kuku,” “Lambaa,” “Macaru,” “Mengani,” “Trebaa,” and “Ngree.”

The Making Rock students have spent all semester learning how to play their instruments, and how to play in a real rock band setting.  The students came from all experience levels and had a large part in deciding the material they wanted to learn.  This concert is a collection of all the songs they have been learning all semester, and for most of them this is their first concert.

Roxanne Wehking has been teaching and playing rock music for most of her career.  Her main instrument is the guitar, which she teaches here at McDaniel.  This class gives Roxanne the opportunity to bring rock music into an academic setting, a subject to which she is very close.

Students performing as part of the rock showcase are Tiffany Afoakwa, Zack Anderson, Sydney Anselme, Christian Brown, Katie Clawson, Josh Davis, Nashon Godfrey, Megan Henderson, Kaylee Holliger, Seth Liebman, Kaitlin Murphy, Allie Titus, and Andrew Zimmel.  Songs they plan to perform include The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout,” B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone” (which will feature Wehking on lead guitar), Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love,” Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me,” Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes,” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”  The Drum Ensemble and Making Rock Showcase groups are also planning to collaborate on one song.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-857-2599.

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Decker Center Forum (Decker College Center)

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