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April 2, 2004

Newtown Bee

The a cappella band Ball in the House found its name in a Brady Bunch episode. "Remembered how [maid] Alice used to tell the kids not to throw the ball in the house?" band member Jon J asked with a wry grin. "That's how we got our name!" Fusing pop, blues, jazz, and hip-hop, Ball in the House brought down the house during their recent performances at Newtown Middle School and St Rose School, part of the district's ongoing cultural arts program.

With a sound reminiscent of the boy-band groups of the late 1990s, the five-member, all-male band, peppered their introductory lessons on vocal parts, harmony, and rhythm with infectious all-vocalized beats. Drummer Jon J taught students how to personify three basic beats - kick-drum, snare, and cymbal - through the pronunciation and delivery of different sounds. For example, he said, to create a snare sound, one can hiss "Pf" in razor-sharp staccato. Pairing the various sounds together create "drum patterns." More

Posted by acapnews at April 2, 2004 8:34 AM

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