Choral students from Walker Grant Middle School and James
Monroe High School are preparing a World Drumming Showcase and Choir Concert
for Oct. 22, thanks in part to a $2,400 grant from the Haven Make a Difference
Fund of the Community Foundation.
Walker Grant Middle School Choral Director Barbara Powell applied for grant money to purchase Djembes, African Talking Drums and a variety of other percussion instruments. A portion of the grant was also use to purchase choral music and hire local world drumming artist Ken Crampton of Fredericksburg’s Everybody Drum.
"The students have been busy since the first day of classes learning about the history of cultural expression prevalent in drum circles and working on music that highlights cultures from around the world," Powell said. "They are drumming and they are singing in Swahili, French, Spanish, English and the Bembe language of Zambia."
Tuesday's concert is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. at James Monroe High School.
The Haven Make a Difference Fund of the Community Foundation awards grant money every year to Fredericksburg public school teachers and children.