Hampton, Va. - Members of the Hampton University Marching Band The Force traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras this week to participate in a cultural exchange program with students from marching bands of public and private schools and members of the national Garifuna Ballet.
“I am extremely humbled and excited for this opportunity to represent Hampton University and The Marching Force,” said Tory F. Smart, Director of University Bands. “The six students that will be traveling to Honduras with me are extraordinarily talented musically, studious, and above all hardworking.”
Hampton students will be sharing with the students in Tegucigalpa some of the marching techniques and styles of The Force. The trip is sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Department in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa.
The students will learn four to six songs that are performed regularly by the Marching Force. The event will conclude with a large concert of more than 100 participants at the Instituto Salesiano San Miguel on July 29.
“The goal is to reveal our love of music with the country of Honduras the only we can,” said Smart. “The Hampton way. We would like to express the different genres of American or pop music, and give the people of Honduras a better understanding of how we interpret the different styles through various pedagogical methods.”
The six Hamptonians who are participating in this cultural exchange program are Quinci A. Rice, senior music education major; Christina C. Saldivar, senior music education major; Steven A. Capers III, senior psychology major; Kevin J. Steward Jr, senior computer science major; Gye L. Roddick II, sophomore music education major and Edgar T. Rawles III, a fall 2015 HU graduate who majored in music education.