Highland Elementary School’s World Drumming Ensemble had the crowd mesmerized at the Black History Month event sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth this past Saturday. Directed by Highland Music Teacher Emmanuel Fergile, the fourth and fifth graders in the Ensemble impressed the audience and had many of them playing “air drums” and dancing along with their selections.
Donna Pawlik coordinated the project and said the student performance was the perfect complement to the presentation by Afro-Cuban anthropologist Dr. Beatriz Morales Faba who addressed the group on The Drum in the African Diaspora. “The participants were able to see the common thread in the activities when they worked with resources and instruction from The Resource Depot and made their own drums as a highlight of the activities,” she stated.
The event was free and open to the public. Click on the following link to see Saturday’s performance by Highland’s World Drumming Ensemble. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBmIP_2cdNo&feature=youtube_gdata_player