On the warm spring evening of Tuesday, May 10, the big blue house at 23 East Wheelock Street was alive with the sound of drumming. The World Music Percussion Music Ensemble generously shared some of their rehearsal time with Amarna Undergraduate Society. Members of Amarna were treated to a sneak preview of the WMPE repertoire for the upcoming concert on May 25. at 7 pm.
Members of the ensemble talked about the history of the music and broke it down into parts, so the students could understand the complex rhythms that interact to make the beautiful beats from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Over delicious Thai food, Amarna members then had an opportunity to talk about the ensemble and learn about their open philosophy, where anyone can join at any time regardless of previous drumming experience.
By Maggie Baird ’18
Maggie Baird is an ’18 from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is a linguistics major, but is dedicated to making herself the Face of the Hop by being involved as possible without dedicating herself to another academic department. The biggest letdown of her life was when she was cut out of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (she plays trombone) poster because she sits too far right on the stage.