World drumming coming to Sauk Trail

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The Sauk Trail gym will rock with the powerful sounds of an all-school world percussion ensemble on Monday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. 

Every Sauk Trail student is creating his or her own percussion instrument in Mrs. Gustafson’s art class. The children will be bringing and playing their instruments at the assembly, making a percussion ensemble of around 350 people.

Performing for and with the students will be a group of local professional musicians. They include drummers Chris Sandoval and Jim Huwe; bassist, Laurie Croasdale and pianist, Paul Hastil.  Rounding out the group will be two more percussionists, Northside principal, Roz Craney, and Sauk Trail music teacher, John Becker. 

The event is being funded through a district Global Initiative Grant from the District and organized by music teacher John Becker. The World Drumming Assembly is the kick-off event to Sauk Trail’s International Week. 

"Drumming and percussion playing is a powerful and visceral way of experiencing and performing music,'' according to Becker, who used to be an adjunct percussion instructor at UW-Whitewater. "I’m sure that this concert experience is something that will have a big impact with our kids and that they will long remember.''