In celebration of National Music in Our Schools Month, a capella group Six Appeal is spending the week in Rochester's local and surrounding elementary schools as part of Riverside Concerts' Artist-in-the-Schools residency program.
On Monday, kids at Bamber Valley Elementary school had a musical filled afternoon as Six Appeal shed some light on the history and origin of a capella voice music.
The vocal band of Six Appeal has a humble beginning, right here in Minnesota.
"Some of us came to music differently, but a lot of us were involved in choir when we were in school," said Six Appeal singer Michael Brookens. The group was founded at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota which has a big choral music presence there. It was just a way to kind off blow off steam and do some pop music on the side, and then it just turned into something."
The group sang a few songs, had a few laughs, and even showed the kids how music has developed and evolved over the years.
Starting with the Gregorian Chant, followed by a Renaissance style of music, and barbershop.
Not only did the kids get to hear these different styles of music, but they also learned how to beat box.
"Seeing a room for of elementary schoolers beat box is one of the most gratifying things," said Brookens. "It's awesome! Just seeing kids learn about music, not just as a recitation but like a living breathing performance-based thing, it's a lot of fun."
In addition to visiting local schools, Six Appeal will be putting on a series of mini-concerts this week at area libraries that are free and open to the public.
The vocal band is also putting on a full-length concert at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Six Appeal will be at the following libraries:
Wabasha Public Library - Monday at 7 p.m.
Lanesboro Public Library - Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
La Crescent Public Library - Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Hokah Public Library - Thursday at 7 p.m.
Plainview Public Library - Friday at 7 p.m.