At This College, Fans Cheer for the Marching Band

At This College, Fans Cheer for the Marching Band

(drums beating) – Remember, attack together. Every time I give you a three-four, breathe on four, and attack on one. I put so much love and effort, sweat and blood, and tears into this band program. We are the best marching band in the country. (mellow music) My name is Abraham Duffie Jr. And I am the head drum major for the Sonic Boom of the South. We bring something…

The Hair Metal Singer Who Turned to Classical Music

The Hair Metal Singer Who Turned to Classical Music

(metal music) – The year is 1988; big hair and denim are in. (“Seventeen” by Winger) The ultimate lead singer in hair metal, Kip Winger, and his band are at the top of the charts. But the party that seemed like it would never end suddenly came crashing down. (birds singing) No air play, no singles, nothing. But it turns out this was just the beginning for Kip Winger. –…

Creating Music With “Ghost Pianos” | Ólafur Arnalds

Creating Music With “Ghost Pianos” |  Ólafur Arnalds

(gentle music) – I got rear-ended, and I couldn’t use my right hand for anything intricate. (“Re:Member” by Ólafur Arnalds) It wasn’t really until I started finding these ways to work around it that I got my passion back and my positivity back for music. It’s such a unique thing to hear a software controlling something so physical. People think that there might be a ghost playing that. My name…

Dancing Without Sound, Performing Without Sight

Dancing Without Sound, Performing Without Sight

(bright music) – [Narrator] Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance. Pretty cool, huh? One would think that a performance this difficult and precise, would require all five senses. Well think again, because all these dancers can’t hear the music, making this performance even cooler. (traditional Chinese music) Founded in 1987, the China Disabled Peoples’ Performing Art Troupe performs eloquent dances, plays and operas. (dramatic string music) The…

From NFL to Opera Singer

From NFL to Opera Singer

(dramatic music) – [Ta’u] I am where opera and football collide. (singing in foreign language) – [Minnie] Ta’u had a long journey to the United States from Tonga. But his journey to center stage in the opera house took much longer. (singing in foreign language) (crowd cheering) – [Ta’u] My name is Ta’u Pupu’a. I am an operatic tenor. And I am an immigrant from the Kingdom of Tonga. (dramatic…

Building 15-Foot-Tall Pianos

Building 15-Foot-Tall Pianos

– [Narrator] Welcome to Vác, a small town in Hungary by the river Danube. (concert piano music) Wait, where is that sound coming from? Where is it, where is it? Is it here? (bicycle bell chime) Is it here? OK, getting closer. Wow! That’s a tall piano! (piano music) Steel frames and Aloe Vera plants. Some tools and half a piano? Where have we ended up? – Welcome to my…

The First Black Enka Singer in Japanese History

The First Black Enka Singer in Japanese History

(singing in foreign language) – I never thought in a million years that I would be here in Japan singing the music that my grandmother introduced me to. I’m a testament to say that no matter how big your dreams are, they can definitely be achieved. (speaking foreign language) (singing in foreign language) Enka is a form of Japanese music, so it’s only sung in Japan. It is considered a…

Hip-Hop En Pointe: The Rhythm and Beat of Hiplet

Hip-Hop En Pointe: The Rhythm and Beat of Hiplet

(hip-hop music) – [Zipporah] People say that, like, “Oh, like we’re doin’ this “because black girls can’t do ballet, “so this is their alternative.” It has nothin’ to do with that. I will tell you, every girl in this studio is classically trained. (laughing) Everyone does ballet, and everything else. (hip-hop music) – [Homer] Last one. And down. Heels. Bounce, bounce. Bounce. – My name is Zipporah Wilson, and I’m…

The Blind Musician Preserving America’s Original Black Music

The Blind Musician Preserving America’s Original Black Music

(slurps coffee) Gangster. (sniffs nose) (groans) That’s the sound of a good interview starting. (lively fiddle music) Trouble started with my eyes when I was 16, 17 and by the time I was 18, I had to stop driving. Doctor said, “You legally blind, you got 10/600 vision, “you can’t be behind no wheel and be safe.” I have visual imparities, but Legally Blind Boy Paxton is the stupidest stage…

Ropes, Rhythm and Life: Inside Competitive Double Dutch

Ropes, Rhythm and Life: Inside Competitive Double Dutch

(jumping) – Often times you hear people say that they’ve done double dutch but most people have never experienced what double dutch is now. It’s a competitive sport. You’re jumping so that you’ll be able to win. (dramatic music) (hip hop music) My name is Khnaue Robinson. I’m a part of Floyd Little Double Dutch team which is located in Newark, New Jersey. I’m 17 years old and I’ve been…