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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 300

Setup Time: Minimal

Breakdown Time: Minimal

Technical Requirements: Stage or open area, (audience seated in chairs if possible), electrical outlet, chair, two adult volunteers

SOL Connections

Music: K.1, K.2, K.4, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.9, K.10, K.11, K.12, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.3, 3.9, 3.12, 3.13, 4.1, 4.3, 4.8, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 5.1, 5.3, 5.7, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11

English: K.1, K.2, K.4, K.8, 1.2, 1.4, 1.11, 2.1, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6

Science: K.7, 1.6, 4.7, 6.10

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $500 - $700

Back to Back Fee: $600 - $1000

Full Day Fee: *See One-Day Wonder, below

Fee Notes

One-day Wonder: $600 - $800; Evening Family Concert: $400 - $600 Evening Family Dances: $550 - $750

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Bill Wellington brought Radio WOOF to Margaret M. Pierce Elementary in Fauquier County, February 200  

Bill Wellington

Folk Songs and Stories



Program Type

Community Festivals, Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, Residencies, Workshops

Subject Areas

Astronomy, Creative Writing, Music, Oral Language, Physical Science, Poetry, Song Writing

Folk singer, songwriter, and storyteller all describe Bill Wellington. For over 25 years he has delighted audiences with his zany sense of humor, his enthusiasm for folk music, and his amazing variety of voices. In his assembly programs, his goal is to impart a love of language and learning to all of his listeners.

Family Dance Programs The Family Dance program brings parents, siblings, and students to school to participate in an interactive, educational and fun evening. The program teaches and reinforces music and movement skills and concepts, brings physical education and music together, teaches students and families about cultures across the globe through dance traditions, and expands the sense of school community in a positive way. Circle, square, and traditional dances are taught step-by-step and then the figures are called and performed to live music.

Radio Woof (K-5) WOOF stands for WOrld Of Folklore. Set to the tune of the banjo, fiddle, guitar and Irish flute, Radio WOOF shows children that folklore is everywhere. Jump-rope rhymes, knock-knock jokes, riddles, and roses-are-red poems are examples of how the world of children is filled with folklore. Bill shows children that by participating in folklore they are connected to kids all over in a network of knowledge. They also see the creative use of language at work in folklore and learn that it's okay to make up new rhymes, songs and stories.

The One Day Wonder gives schools the opportunity to have two assembly programs and, for no extra charge, an evening family concert as well. In addition, during the day Bill will rehearse with ten students who will perform on stage with "Sir Bill" at the family concert. Bill is able to offer this unique combination by making his award-winning recordings available for sale at the evening concert.

WOOF Blasts Off WOOF Blasts Off (K-5, 6-8) introduces audiences to astronomy in a musical journey through the universe. There are songs in WOOF Blasts Off! covering everything from the invention of flying machines, to spacecraft that have traveled to the edge of the solar system (Voyager). This science adventure also covers black holes, meteor impacts, weightlessness, supernovas, Earth's atmosphere, and space aliens.