Transit Vocal Band

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Grade Level         Time
7th  Grade                        10:00 am
8th Grade                         1:00 pm

The Wrights of Passage

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Grade Level      Time
3rd  Grade                   10:00 am
4th Grade                    1:00 pm

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. FMI please visit: or

Big Bang Boom is a pop/rock music trio that plays parent-friendly children's music. Big Bang Boom is kids' music with a pop sensibility, aimed at being music that parents can feel good about letting their kids listen to and see live in concert!

Big Bang Boom performs children's favorites as well as their own original songs for kids. The live show is high-energy and demands that the kids get involved. From getting the kids on stage to join the "Spongebob Chorus" to the teachers vs. the kids hokey pokey challenge, Big Bang Boom has established the mantra, "There is no sitting down at a Big Bang Boom show!"

Big Bang Boom has also performed at the prestigious Kidzapalooza stage at Lollapalooza, the kids stage at Hangout Fest, and The Lake Eden Arts Festival. Their songs have won accolades in the John Lennon, USA, International, and Great American Songwriting Contests. 

Curriculum Connections: Music, Social & Cultural Skills, Listening & Communication Skills, and Visual and Performing Arts

Curriculum Connections: US & NC Geography, US & NC History, English Language Arts, Interactive Skills, Listening and Communication Skills,  & Visual & Performing Arts


Friday, March 29, 2019

Grade Level               Time
5th  Grade                                10:00 am
6th  Grade                               1:00 pm

“SANKOFA: African American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop"

In "SANKOFA: African American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop" students will learn elements of Storytelling, Improvisation, and Call, and Response in American Music. A brilliant mix of TedTalk-style interactive lecture with an exciting live band, SANKOFA educates and entertains. Students learn about the oral tradition through the West African storyteller/poet known as the Griot; explore coded language in Spirituals; join musicians on stage to discover improvisation in Jazz; learn call and response in Reggae, and party with their teachers to some classic Hip Hop. Developed by Pierce Freelon, a college professor, hip hop artist, and father of two, this performance is entertaining and informative for all ages, taking careful steps to use tone, vocabulary and interactions that specifically relate the corresponding age of students. Sankofa is consistently lauded as "the best assembly EVER" by students and faculty alike.

Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina's burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show. The Beast is dedicated to education and cultural outreach. The group has developed workshops on creativity, improvisation, and the history of African-American music based on the Blackademics Hip Hop curriculum founded by emcee Pierce Freelon. A professor of African American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central University, Freelon's workshops have reached a multi-generational audiences from New York to New Delhi.

Curriculum Connections: Music, World & US History, World and US Geography, Social Studies, Interactive Skills, Listening and Communication Skills, & Visual & Performing Arts

Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Listening/Communication Skills, & Visual & Performing Arts

Transit Vocal Band is a high-energy a cappella group that has entertained audiences throughout the US and has produced award-winning albums! Their cast of professional musicians have experience teaching K-12 and college-level students. They have educated and entertained for over 850 school audiences since the group was formed in 2005. This highly interactive educational program will trace the historical development of the contemporary a cappella genre. Students will learn about ways science and technology enhance the a cappella sound, whereby inspiring the creative utilization and improvisation with the most natural instrument of all – the human voice!

In this program, students will compare and contrast the characteristic sounds of various popular musical genres (eg. Motown, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Rap/Hip-Hop, Pop, Beach Music and EDM or Electronic Dance Music). With respect to each of the aforementioned genres, students will: 1) become familiar with the historical and cultural context imperative to their development; 2) observe and differentiate between performance styles unique to each; 3) hear the improvisational techniques used to vocally imitate complex sounds, both instrumental and inorganic, unique to each (e.g. harmonicas in country music or synthesizers in EDM); 4) witness how creativity and artistic innovation allows the transformation of a song between genres; 5) discover and observe how essential specific percussive patterns are to the groove or rhythmic "feel" of each genre; and 6) become familiar with age-appropriate musical concepts and vocabulary exemplified by each genre!


2018-2019 Class Acts Schedule of Performances

Big Bang Boom

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Grade Level        Time

1st  Grade                        10:00 am
2nd Grade                       1:00 pm

The Wrights of Passage is a story of the passion and focus of two brothers who wanted to prove man could fly. The brothers made the first powered flights in 1903, in a machine of their own invention and construction. Their discoveries provided the foundation and technology for modern aviation and space exploration. Speaking the Wrights' own words and dressed in period costumes, professional actors portray the brothers with enthusiasm and vigor. Wilbur and Orville Wright construct an abstract replica of the famous flyer while revealing their biographies and re-living the poetry of their influences, discoveries, failures, and achievements. This drama celebrates the first 100 years of flight and various cultures' contributions to aviation history. Students read some prepared segments of the script, helping tell the Wright Brothers' story and the journey of aviation through the centuries.

"The standing ovation The Wrights of Passage received from the 1200 delegates at our state convention was well deserved! You entertain and educate. Bravo!" says Howard Fox of the NC Association of Educators