Students at Wakefield in Fauquier County enjoyed a Dixie Power Trio concert in December 2000
Dixie Power Trio
Powerful New Orleans Jazz
Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies
Conflict Resolution, Culture Studies, Music, Poetry, Social Skills Development, Song Writing
With rising concern throughout the country that students be made to feel a sense of belonging in our schools, the Dixie Power Trio offers a unique opportunity toward this goal. Music comes in many different styles and forms and students often perceive their own musical taste as a barrier separating them from people with different preferences. Many areas where individual differences are noticeable, be they cultural, lingual, racial, academic, or physical, can cause students to feel less connected and more isolated. The Dixie Power Trio performs a combination of musical styles that embraces differences while clearly celebrating commonalities.
The Dixie Power Trio combines musical styles originating in New Orleans-the ultimate melting pot or "gumbo pot" of the United States-including zydeco, blues, dixieland, jazz, cajun, and rock. Lyrics are in various New Orleans dialects including Accadian, French and English. The band performs on an eclectic set of instruments including guitar, accordian, cornet, tuba, drums, washboard, harmonica, and vocals. Students will enjoy hearing music they may not be familiar with and will find other students (and teachers) tapping their toes, clapping their hands, rising to their feet, and singing along. This program is meant to bridge differences and help students feel connected.