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Kids make beautiful music at Big Bang Rhythms party

By Camille Doty
June 11, 2011 at 1:11 a.m.

Olivia Scavo, 4, hits a bongo drum at the Big Bang Rhythm Party event at Bach Fest held inside the Victoria Public Library on Saturday.

The Victoria Public Library reached new musical heights Saturday as budding musicians like Samuel Scavo experimented with musical instruments.

Samuel liked playing music. "I really liked the bell," he said.

The 5-year-old sat in the front row and raised his hand to volunteer to play at the Big Bang Rhythm party. He even pointed to his mother, Alicia Scavo, to get involved. She politely declined.

Sam's first musical conquest was the clave. He liked the sound so much he didn't want to stop playing.

"What sound are you supposed to make?" Graeme Francis asked, joking.

"Um....," Sam answered.

The instructor told him to play "no sound." Everyone roared with laughter.

The ever-determined 5-year old wanted to explore other musical conquests.

"I want to play the drums," he said.

And Sam was in good company. His younger sister Olivia Scavo liked the tambourine. "I want the pink one," she said.

The fashionable 4 year-old wanted the accessory that matched her, purple floral dress, "Hello Kitty" necklace, and pink and purple crocs.

The Scavo children and 50 other kids used shakers, scrapers, and even tables to make beautiful music together. Francis and Thomas Burritt divided the children into three manageable groups to learn their part in the ensemble.

"Music is a team sport. We have to back each other up," Burrit said.

The hour-long program was both instructional and educational. The group tried to re-create the sound of African tribes. Slaves brought their traditions to Cuba. And that influence helped to create Salsa music, said Burritt, a marimbist.

Sam's mother said her oldest child is a problem solver. She also said he likes to take things apart to see how they work. She wanted her children to come to play instruments to spark their interest in music.

During the hands-on workshop, Burritt showed a 12-count African bell pattern. He described the piece as complicated.

But that didn't intimidate Sam.

"I can do it," he said.

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