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Steel Pan Drum Circle

World music and contemporary percussion master Ray McNamara shares his unique musical perspective, performing a blend of soca (soul of calypso) and jazz on the Steel Pan Drum.

Learn a little of the history and evolution of this surprisingly modern 20th century instrument, which was originally resourcefully created out of found objects. The audience will be treated to the magical island tones of the Steel Pan and have the opportunity to try out instruments and be part of a drum circle.

Music Composition Workshop Lecture

During this lecture, Jay Rossette will highlight some of his personal experiences in the valley music scene, and discuss how music is created. He will talk about song inspirations, working with musicians, solo songwriting, basic musical form, and how to compose simple tunes so that the audience can see exactly which elements are used to construct songs.

Marshall Magoon Magic

Magician Marshall Magoon is in demand as an illusion designer for the San Francisco Ballet, Hollywood films and Broadway shows, yet he relishes his role as a family entertainment Magician who creates unforgettable magical experiences for children and adults alike with his special blend of magic skill, music, and comedy.

Teen Cigar Box Guitar Build and Play

Travis Brooks, local musician from the band Saltwater, formerly of Doc’s Holiday, will be facilitating a music workshop just for teens. Teens will have the opportunity to build their very own cigar box guitar and take it home.

Travis will share the remarkable history of this musical instrument, as well as teach participants to play a few bars to start them on their musical journey. No experience necessary, but this workshop has a limited number of openings, please register in advance.


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