Before Davina and the Vagabonds performed a concert at Bethany Blues in Lewes on Friday, March 9, Davina Sowers and her band made a stop at Lake Forest Central Elementary in Felton to introduce fourth- and fifth-graders to their American blend of jazz, blues, ragtime and soul.
The clinic was sponsored by Delaware Charitable Music, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, whose mission is to provide music education opportunities in public schools throughout Delaware.
"The students had the opportunity to hear music they normally do not hear in the world today," said band director Joe Baione.
"It provides a unique experience that will last a lifetime. One of the band students in fifth grade, trombonist Alora Baker, had a chance to meet the trombone player in the band and her excitement was priceless. This is what these workshops are all about in giving students an experience they will cherish the rest of their lives."
Singer-songwriter Gaye Adegbalola will conduct clinics in two high schools and one middle school in Delaware this week.
Ms. Adegbalola has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Her focus will be on the "Many Flavors of The Blues" the title of her new CD for young people.
She will visit Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 28 and Milford and Lake Forest high schools on Thursday, March 29.
Following her school appearances, Ms. Adegbalola will host a Meet and Greet CD signing at Bethany Blues in Lewes on Friday, March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.adegbalola.com.