|Bash the Trash poses for our "Green Team."|
Some of you might be planning for guest artists to come to your school next year. If you live in the Northeast part of the country I highly recommend this musical performing group called Bash the Trash (please check out the link.) This is a group concert musicians who spread the message of environmental awareness through recycled instrument performances and residencies. When I say highly trained, I really mean magical. At one point they were playing STRAWS! Not as easy at it looks, believe me I tried playing a straw from the lunchroom until I was light headed.
|Playing a STRAW!|
We fundraised for two years to have this musical performing group come to our school. If you have any sort of budget for performances at your school it should be an easy sell. They can incorporate literacy, science, social studies, math, visual arts, and of course music into their workshops.
I really wish I could post the pictures of the students interacting with them. I have a personal policy of not posting pictures of students on my blog (even though I have releases from most parents for newspapers and such.) There is one picture where 400 Kindergarten through Second Graders have their hands raised and their eyes glued on the performers. Sometimes I feel like we ask the students to sit politely and watch performers but this was so different! Even the gloomiest of teachers were smiling and participating.
|Serenading the Kindergarteners with the "horn."|
|When they bent the neck of the string instruments it totally changed the sound!|
|These tubes sounded so cool!|
|Playing everything, everywhere.|
If you have a Green Team at your school please let me know if you would like a partnership with another school. I'll send your info along to my good friend the Green Team co-leader at the school.
|Making our own recycled instruments.|
|All sprawled out creating recycled art in our Green Team.|