Dovetailing perfectly with JAMinc’s mission to bring world class music to our schools, Crocodile River Music has taken their brand of African roots music to more than 260,000 students. They added to that number while here in Richmond by playing to a handful of local schools. In total they brought music to almost 500 local students.
The band first visited St. Andrew’s School on the afternoon before their evening show at In Your Ear Studios. The 150 or so assembled students clapped along and participated in a rhythm exercise following drum sounds led by the band. Several students said it was the best band JAMinc has brought to their school.
The day after their IYE show, the band performed for two more schools. In the morning they visited Sabot at Stony Point where there were about 200 students plus 20 staff members – essentially the entire school. The open performance space there encourages the students to be up close and personal with the musicians and this set was no exception.
That afternoon the band played for another 100 or so students at Orchard House School in the Fan. Orchard House School is a middle school for girls in grades five through eight. The high achieving young women warmly embraced the music and message of the band to stay engaged and keep music and art in their lives.