WESTMINSTER — McDaniel College student Bradley Thaxton of Stevensville performs in the Student African Drum Ensemble and "Making Rock" Showcase  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in Decker Center Forum at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Student African Drum Ensemble is under the direction of McDaniel music department faculty member Pape Demba "Paco" Samb, a "Senegalese griot," or West African historian, storyteller, singer, poet, dancer, and/or musician. Among the pieces that the group will perform are "Kuku," "Lambaa," "Macaru," "Mengani," "Trebaa" and "Ngree."

The event also features students in the "Making Rock" course at McDaniel, who spent the spring semester learning how to play instruments in a real rock band setting. The course is taught by music faculty member Roxanne Wehking.

Songs that the "Making Rock" students plan to perform include The Beatles' "Twist and Shout," B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone," Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love," Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes," and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

The Student African Drum Ensemble and "Making Rock" group also plan to collaborate on one song.

For more information, call 410-857-2599. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu for more information about McDaniel College.

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