On Thursday, October 16th, Rickie Monie and Ronell Johnson of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band visited a few schools in Bradford, PA as a part of the Preservation Hall Foundation‘s ongoing outreach initiates while the band is out on tour with Allen Toussaint.
Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson started their masterclasses at Fretz Middle School, teaching their middle school band students more about improvisation. The band played a riveting version of “Saints go Marching In” at the conclusion of the class, one of their first performances as a full band!
Later in the afternoon, they joined students at School Street Elementary, a group of beginner band students who had yet to play their first full tune together. After teaching the student more about playing together as a band, they learned and subsequently played “Hot Cross Buns.” It was a treat not only for their students, but for Mr. Monie and Mr. Johnson.
Check out these photos from their masterclass!