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Program Information

Number of Artists: 2

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-5, Preschool

Program Length: 45-50 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Fewer than 200

Maximum Audience Size: 350

Setup Time: 2 hours

Breakdown Time: 2 hours

Technical Requirements: Vehicle access near performance area, electrical outlet

SOL Connections

History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, 1.6, 2.2, 3.2, USI.3, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, VUS.2, WG.4, WHII.6

English: K.1, K.2, K.8, 1.2, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 4.2, 5.1

Music: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.9, K.10, K.11, K.12, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.6, 3.9, 3.12, 3.13, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.8, 4.12, 4.13, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.7, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11, HS.1, HS.5, HS.6, HS.7, HS.8, HS.9, MS.1, MS.3, MS.4, MS.5, MS.6, MS.7, MS.8, MS.9

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $600 - $800 + travel

Back to Back Fee: $750 - $950 + travel

Triple Fee: $850 - $1050 + travel


$50 to Bluemont Serice Areas

Fee Notes

$50 off September & December programs. For audiences under 200, Kim & Jimbo will bring an instrument for each audience member. VCA tour aid available.

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Students at Banneker Elementary in Loudoun County enjoyed a hands-on program with Kim and Jimbo Cary  

Kim and Jimbo Cary

World Folk Music



The appeal to so many senses and your interaction with the students was a hook you never lost.

Program Type

Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Residencies, Family Concerts

Subject Areas

Music, Geography, Culture Studies, Virginia History, US History, World History

Kim and Jimbo play a "cornucopia of instruments" including Native American flute; five-string banjo, and its African-American ancestor, the gourd banjer; mandolin; fiddle; guitar; saxophone; acoustic bass; and world percussion instruments, including the Middle Eastern dumbek, the Irish bodhran, and the West African jembe. Students learn that instruments, often made from wood and animals, are symbolic of the earth to many cultures and should be played with respect for and appreciation of the cultures that produced them.

Rhythm 'Round the World (K-12) introduces audiences to traditional music of their immigrant ancestors from the British Isles, Europe, and West Africa and how it relates to the settlement of colonial Virginia and the United States. Through listening to a musical sampling of Native American, European, and African instruments, students will augment their knowledge of world cultures, geography, and historical events. Kim and Jimbo bring their "traveling music museum," a collection of over 200 world percussion instruments, which includes the African talking drum, Chinese temple blocks, and bamboo rico-ricos. Students participate through singing, movement, and a hands-on percussion instrument "jam session" with the goal of inspiring students to create their own music.