The Center Grove High School students sat on and beat out Latin rhythms on wooden boxes. In the process, they learned about the music of Peru, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
The boxes, or wooden drums called cajons, are new instruments the students are learning to play in teacher Josh Torres’ percussion ensemble class. Torres has spent six years collecting an assortment of Brazilian, African and
Afro-Cuban drums for the school to introduce students to the drumming of other cultures.
Torres’ goals for introducing instruments from other countries, such as djembes from Africa, include broadening the cultural experiences of students at a school that is primarily Caucasian, he said.