The Vessels band was hired to perform at a function in Lyantonde by a local businessman who had discovered them while in Mbarara. Part of the band’s purpose is to speak about the Living Music Foundation during the performances.

Before Babrah’s performance, she introduced herself and talked about how music transformed her life, later asking the audience to embrace and encourage their children to learn music skills.

The Director of St. Paul’s Kindergarten and Primary School was in the audience; she was excited by the performance and interested in the role of LMF, so she invited LMF to her school.

The School

St. Paul’s Kindergarten and Primary School is both a day and boarding school of all religious sects, but it is largely a Catholic school. The Director is a current member of Parliament for the area.

Why Invite the Living Music Foundation team?

The school was planning to have a Parents’ Day at the end of the year. As is normal, the children are supposed to make presentations in poetry, music, dance, and drama. However, the teachers were unable to provide presentation material for the kids.

After seeing and learning about LMF, the Director’s prayers were answered. She asked the LMF to compose some music and help train the children so they would be able to perform on time. Time was short (only one week) but it got done!

The Training

Disan composed the songs. Patience and Babrah went to the school to train pupils. The director provided all the meals, transport, and accommodation for the LMF team.

Patience training the children how to use microphones in one of the sessions

Both Babra and Patience spent three days at the school helping pupils learn new songs. The rest of the LMF team (instrumentalists) joined Patience and Babrah to add instrument backing to the songs.

The band adding instrumentals to the songs
Disan guiding the children
Children leading their own songs after learning them

The Parents’ Day

Living Music Foundation’s work was considered complete after having kids present their new songs to attendees on Parents’ Day. The Foundation concentrated on the music training and there were other activities that kids learned for presentation. The band helped by playing instruments as the kids sang and danced during their presentations.

Parents were happy and asking that their kids be trained always, as quoted from one of the speeches made.

Pupils in a presentation backed by the LMF team
Parents happy with the pupils’ performance

What happened after?

The director of the school officially declared a partnership with LMF in music training and was approved by the parents present.

She paid all the costs incurred by the LMF team and paid them in full.

The parents promised to support the director of the school in buying musical instruments so their children could easily learn at school.

It was a day well spent. It was great to see the joy of the director, parents, and the children all together.

More at St. Paul’s

Some of the children got a chance to try out instruments during the training sessions
Patience in a jolly moment with the children after a training session
Some fun with the children
Pupils in a traditional dance
The Director of the school looks on during performances
Children in their performance

The Muslim children in a special presentation
On the same day, the kindergarteners graduated to primary school


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