Student African Drum Ensemble and Making Rock Showcase

The McDaniel College Department of Music will present a performance by its Student African Drum Ensemble and Making Rock music class on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will take place in Levine Hall Room 100 (Band Room).

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.

McDaniel students comprising the Drum Ensemble are Tori Arcilesi, Sam Beverly, Paige Blyer, Kibra Buluts, Derick Chase, Aaron Clark-Williams, Dylan Coster, Yelli Coulibaly, CJ DeGeorges, Memi Desta, Grace Dorsey, Marlowe Embry, Adam Franz, Teague Hofman, Emily Houska, Emma Jeffs, Soyoung Jeon, Aris Mayfield, Isabella Mendiola, William Moos, Ryan O'Toole, Jose Pac, Hailey Rust, Kevin Schekells, Max Supoppo, Brittany Swanson, Mason White, Andrew Whitten.  Among the pieces the group will perform are “Kuku,” “Lambaa,” “Mengani,” and “Macaru.”

The Making Rock students, directed by Roxanne Wehking, 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.

Students involved in the Making Rock Showcase are Andre Berry, Brandon Busick, Diondre Carter, Tom Daly, Evan Finch, Jacob Fine, Ryan Higgins, Emma Jeffs, Christian Lewis, Julie McElree, Sarah Palin, Drew Robinson, and Andrew Zimmel.  Some of the songs they will perform include “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Wild Thing,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Twist and Shout.”

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

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

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm

Levine Hall, 100 (Band Room)

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