Rhythm workshop a hit at Sir John A. Cumber

Eden Hurlston with Jada Murdock, Evan Elizando and Henry Fernandez-Ebanks at a percussion workshop at the school.

Students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School were recently treated to a visit from master percussionist Eden Hurlston.

Mr. Hurlston, a member of One World Entertainment, led a rhythm workshop for more than 200 students from Years 4 to 6. It was one of the final events organized by Rebekah Jefferson, the outgoing music teacher.

Students learned about rhythm and rhythmic structures, improvisations and percussion. The drums featured were the cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru; the djembe, a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa; the Talking drum, an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa; and the Cuban conga.

Mr. Hurlston expressed appreciation to those who support music, and encourages youth and children to keep practicing and have confidence in their ability.

“I love presenting to children because it’s in those formative years that they can more freely explore their creativity,” Mr. Hurlston said in a press release.

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