On Thursday, April 6th, around 100 YIS students had the privilege of meeting Tank and the Bangas, a band from New Orleans that they have been recently studying. Tank and the Bangas are a funk/jazz/spoken word/fusion band with incredibly powerful live performances, and they were recently featured on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
A few weeks ago, YIS students watched the recording of that performance and reflected on the band’s style, performance qualities, and emotional and expressive power. After reading many student responses, their teacher Ms. Katherine decided to contact the band and share some of their words in the band members. She added that the students would be overjoyed to hear something from the band. The band agreed, and a video call date was set!
On the day, students gathered in the cafeteria with signs and questions ready for Tank and her band members. Our students wanted to know how Tank and the Bangas got their name, what they liked most about being professional musicians, and how they choose the style of music they performed. The YIS community got a small glimpse into the world of a professional touring band, and the students were also able to exchange music! Our students performed “Sisi Ni Moja,” by Jacob Narverud, a piece they will perform in the spring concert. Tank and the Bangas performed their song “Rollercoasters,” which combines singing and spoken word poetry, and which was one of the songs the students listened to and studied.
It was an absolute honor to share music with Tank and the Bangas and to learn more about their life and work as musicians!