Urban Dreams Music and Arts Program
For: Percussion band students in grades 6-12 (ages 10-19) who are looking to enhance their overall skills and elevate musicianship to perform at an elite or collegiate-level.
Purpose: UD is a transformative music education program that enriches the lives and minds of young people throughout underserved communities in Dallas-Fort Worth. UD founder Deon R. Johnson, Grambling State University and Lane College alum as well as legacy member of their World Famed Tiger Marching Band, has made strategic partnerships with HBCU alumni and staff professionals both locally and nationally to create The HBCU Marching Percussion Workshop. Having attended a historically black college, Deon witnessed first-hand the disparities between band members who had a high music IQ vs those that lacked a strong music-foundation—difficulties standing out in auditions, inability to adapt to high-level sight reading, and failing grades in required music classes resulting in loss of scholarship. The preventive solution to those problems is simple, practice makes perfect. The Urban Dreams team has prepared a comprehensive curriculum that will keep students engaged and sharp as they master their gift while enhancing their skills in efforts to increase College and HBCU Band readiness.
This two (2) weekend event on November 10-11 and November 17-18 from 10a-2p each day, is only the beginning of more workshops and instructor-led clinics to come for all kids that want and deserve a chance to succeed in the arts.
Tickets: FREE. This event is exclusive to band students grade 6-12.
Attire: T-shirt, Black Gym shorts, and tennis shoes
(T-Shirt will be provided for the November 18th performance)
Other Important Information: Students must bring mallets, practice pads, and sticks. All other items including instruments will be provided (Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument if they have one accessible).
This event will culminate in a student showcase on Sunday, November 18 that is open for friends and family to attend.
**ANY STUDENT WHO IS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH WEEKENDS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.**