Scenes from the Event

Reporter: Yi Kuang Orphanage

We spent much time to prepare and practice. Finally, we were going to Yi Kuang Orphanage! It was a good day. We were very happy. We checked our musical instruments, music stands, rented drums, picture books, and snacks. Let's go! We arrived at Yi Kuang Orphanage 2 hours in advance to set up the background and have rehearsal. At 2 pm, the performance started officially. Chien-te Hsu and Keng-lun Chang, the two moderators, made the opening remarks. The President introduced the children and the members of Thunder King of Drums. Teacher Lin talked about the purpose of this activity to kick off the performance.

The first program was our hard percussion practice at U-Theatre Winter Camp! Each of us played the drum for a while in turn, along with the junior sword martial arts of Yen-chen Chen. The audiences were shocked. The second program was the story of " A-Ji's Wish Drum" told by Yung-chieh Hsu and Chun-hsien Wu and Prize Quiz. The story was vivid. And the children at the orphanage were active in answering the questions. The atmosphere was happy and exciting. Next was string ensemble of some popular tracks like "Canon", "Scent of a Woman", and "Mozart". The children listened attentively.

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Then, Tsung-te Hsu played his saxophone solo of "Little Happiness", with a child-free style. Lastly, we played several popular cartoon songs with string and percussion instruments, including "Toy Symphony" and "Tinker Bell". We invited the children to join by beating castanets. "Tinker Bell" was the most welcomed by the children and promoted the performance to the climax. All the people on and off the stage joined together to enjoy the happy atmosphere!

During the activity, the children could not help producing sounds due to nervousness and fear at the beginning. After two songs, they appeared to be quieter, because they might not be so afraid of us, or they were touched by our music. They even joined our performance by playing their castanets. The Prize Quiz was also great. They were active to answer questions and received candies. We were deeply moved to see their satisfying expressions. It was a rewarding experience at Yi Kuang Orphanage!

 
02-28-2016
Charity Performance at Yi Kuang Orphanage by
Thunder King of Drums

https://youtu.be/VqgXG70gT5Q
(To protect the children at the orphanage, the photos and video we took only included the backs of them or were processed to be blur.)
 

 

We work together to complete the charity performance at Yi Kuang Orphanage!

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Feedback from Teachers and Students

After many days of hard preparation, the charity performance of Thunder King of Drums at the orphanage ended successfully. We were grateful to the cooperation of the orphanage. The children were more active and friendly than we expected. We were all touched to see their happy faces. Through the charm of sounds of drums and string music, the children who seldom engage in art activities enjoyed our performance greatly. Their feedbacks to us were warm and direct, making the entire performance meaningful.

After the charity event, the orphanage specially presented us with a thank-you note for our excellent performances which enhanced the understanding of performing arts of the children and presented the spirit of social service. Hence, it was worthy special appreciation. Meanwhile, the President kindly invited us to take a group photo with the children to show their appreciation. Through this charity performance, We, Thunder King of Drums, hoped to attract more attention to the minority groups, contribute to the society, so that more people can feel the warm-heartedness of others.

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Activity Experience

Experience at Yi Kuang Orphanage

"You will get more if you are willing to give!" This was a rare opportunity to go to the orphanage for charity performance. We arranged a number of programs in both nervous and happy mood. We were happy and busy with the rehearsal. As the time of performance approaches, the voice of children from the orphanage came closer. They gradually entered the performance hall. Suddenly my heart was shocked as they were not the children as I thought. Some were adults with disabilities, even older than my parents.

With an uneasy mood, we tried even harder to perform what we had learned in the percussion practice in front of these people. As I was playing the drum, I was also seeing them struggle to overcome physical disabilities and to listen to and watch our performance. Such the scene left me a strong impression, and turned me into an audience on the stage. Watching them responding to our drum beats with the vitality of perseverance actually gave me a wonderful story and precious lesson of life.

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On a bright Sunday morning, we came to Yi Kuang Orphanage. I was nervous and excited. My teammates and I had prepared programs like: percussion practice, musical performance, storytelling, and Prize Quiz. When I was on the stage, I noticed the audience's focused eyes and smiling faces when the show was over. I was happy too. After the performance, we visited their dormitory to see how they were learning to improve themselves. Then I understood how hard their training process was.

This visit experience made me realize that I was so lucky and happy. Actually, everyone needs to "thank and cherish" the happiness they had. This is much more important than any other things. I would like to thank my parents for giving me a healthy body. They take me with full heart and supply me with great learning environment. Whenever I meet something unsatisfactory, they keep encouraging me. When I grow up, I will be a helpful person and be nice to my parents. And If I have such ability in the future, I will give a hand to the disabled.

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Performing at Yi Kuang Orphanage made me realize that there were a lot of people that were different from us. "Children" at this orphanage were much older than us, but with less mature minds. When we first met, some people burst into shouting suddenly, which made me scared. I once was afraid of being hurt by them. However, after getting along with them for a few hours, I found that they were kind and lovely, even sometimes they had some incredible actions.

During the whole process, we couldn't communicate with each other in language. But, I felt that they watched our performance seriously. Especially, when we were doing musical performance, it seemed that their focused eyesight could permeate music and have emotional communication with us. As I was leaving, I felt no fear. I wish I can have the opportunity to perform for them again in the future. And this activity made me realize how happy it was to have a healthy body and heart.

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