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TCCC’s 17th Annual Children’s Theatre Entertains, Educates

Tri-County Community College's 17th Annual Children’s Theatre

Billy Zanski performs for local third through sixth graders using his djembe instruments at the
17th Annual Children’s Theatre on the main campus in Peachtree.

Tri-County Community College (TCCC) welcomed Billy Zanski of Skinny Beats Drum Shop in Asheville to the 17th Annual Children’s Theatre event to educate local third through sixth grade students about djembe drumming at the main campus in Peachtree on April 19.

Students from Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties were invited to TCCC to learn about the cultural importance of music through hands-on demonstrations using djembe instruments.

“The Children’s Theatre is one of the few remaining vehicles that uses the performing arts to deliver both educational enrichment and cultural experiences to the students of Western North Carolina,” said Dr. Donna Tipton Rogers, president of TCCC. “Not only did our students learn, they sang, danced, laughed, and smiled. The performing arts is a valuable educational tool, and it’s one we must preserve and cherish.”

This project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Students gained the opportunity to join Zanski on stage, where they followed instructions on how to create rhythm using their hands and the djembe drums. Zanski also explained the cultural difference between instruments, and the materials they were made from.

“Music is a vessel for culture,” Zanski said. “It touches all of our lives, whether you live in West Africa, Australia, or the United States.”

For more information regarding events at TCCC, contact Dotie Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208.