Pupils make beautiful noise
Ngati Toa and Titahi Bay North schools’ halls resounded to the thumping beat of drums last week as the Strike musicians came to town.
The talented percussionists spent half the week at each school, holding workshops introducing kids of all ages to the awesome sound of drums, while encouraging teamwork and leadership. Once children were taught a sequence, sessions were recorded and played back, so they could hear how they sounded together.
A concert was held on Friday at Ngati Toa, showcasing the children who showed higher levels of interest and ability.
Strike uses traditional and custom-made instruments, dancers and choreography to produce a unique experience.
Founded in 1993, the group has held ‘‘ residencies’’ with schools across the country since 1999. Visit strike.co.nz.
Feeling the beat: Chayla-Rose Robinson, of Room 10 at Ngati Toa School, gets into the rhythm during the workshop with the Strike drummers.