On April 3, all the Grade 1-3 classes walked to the Midland Cultural Centre to see a performance of Victory Quest, by Duo Percussion presentd by the Brookside Music Association. Brendan and Dave charmed children and adults alilke with their journey through an imaginary video game quest. On the way, they introduced percussion instruments from around the world, and performed a variety of musical styles ranging from classical and jazz to popular music. The duo shine most brightly when performing as a vibraphone duo and the children were all excited by their closing number, a vibraphone rendition of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. In my 20 years teaching, this is one of the best programs geared ‘for school-aged children’ that I have seen.
After we got back to school, my grade 2/3 social studies class and I wrote a letter to Brennan and Dave of Duo Percussion.
Grade 2-3 Class
Bayview Public School
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Dear Brennan and Dave:
We saw you performing Victory Quest at the Midland Cultural Centre today. We enjoyed the Mario music at the start of the show. We all enjoyed the last song, Rolling in the Deep. Mr. McGaughey likes how you told an adventure story while showcasing a variety of musical styles and instruments. We also enjoyed the Harry Potter theme.
We have a few questions for you.
- What do you like the most about being a professional musician?
- How do you tell the difference between crash cymbals and ride cymbals?
How long did it take to learn how to be a professional percussionist?
- Do you ever get scared on stage?
Thank you again for your wonderful show this afternoon.
Mr. McGaughey with Ms. Graham’s Grade 2-3 class.
Last week a package arrived for us from Duo Percussion containing answers to our questions, postcards, a signed glossy photo, and enough Duo Percussion stickers for everyone in the class. Thank you, Brennan and Dave.