In our time in Kuwait it has become fairly obvious to us that our students don’t have a lot of exposure to live music performances. There is no street music except the occasional teenagers with dumbeks, no guys playing guitar in parks, no saxophonists under bridges, and no cafe music scene. There are some great opportunities to hear live music, but they are not generally marketed to our students. Because of this, music teachers in the area make a special effort to expose their students to some good live music. Earlier in the year, the jazz big band that Brad and I play in performed for a student crowd. Today Brad, Sarah (our middle school general music teacher), and I played for a middle school student assembly. Here are a couple pictures taken by our theater’s expert on sound, lights, projection, famous DJ in Kuwait and all around good guy, Mario.

Viola, Marimba, Cajon trio. The piece is Dan Moore and Matt Britain’s “Headlong.” Originally written for steel pan and marimba, I had the opportunity to perform this piece about 8 years ago and I’ve kept the music ever since. Sarah did a nice job revising the pan part for Viola.

Me and our school’s very nice Adams marimba. I’ve gotten to practice and perform a lot more than I expected already this year.

Sarah doing her best not to look nervous improvising and Brad holding it down on Cajon (I know, it just looks like he’s hanging out, but the Cajon is one of the coolest sounding drums ever AND you get to sit on it).

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