Local blues artist Jimmie Stagger and retired educator and musician David “Dr. Hamfat” Marin made a return trip to CTA on Friday, February 10 and once again “wowwed” our students with two assemblies, one for grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12. “The wealth of historical knowledge of these gentlemen, combined with their love of the blues and expert musical performance, make this our most popular assembly of the year,” said School Leader Dan George. “It also fits in with our classroom emphases this month on contributions made to America by African Americans.”
Marin and Stagger offer the program free of charge to area schools and their love for what they do is apparent to the students they teach. They get all the students involved by singing and clapping to songs from blues artists including Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly, Charlie Patton, and B.B. King. Their slideshow includes historical photographs and biographical information on each artist. The duo play a variety of instruments ranging from a homemade “Diddley Bow” and a cigar box guitar to a harmonica, a guitar made of steel, and a traditional 12 string guitar. CTA teachers received information in advance with lesson plans for art, creative writing, and history.
“Our kids love listening and participating with Mr. Stagger and Mr. Marin,” said Kyle Bohl, CTA Director of Student Services. “We want them to come back as often as possible.”