Can a piece of music turn children into musicians in Uganda?

A composition that gives pleasure to children in Uganda.

St. John, fröhliche Musik aus Afrika

John Susi Mpandi is completely unknown in Europe. But in Uganda he is highly revered by thousands of children and their parents. Who is this John Susi Mpandi? Unfortunately we didn’t find a photo of him, so we can only describe him with words: Mpandi was born in 1968 in Uganda and studied orchestral conducting and composition at Fontys Conservatory Tilburg {nl) with Hardy Mertens, Louis Buskens and Martijn Smith. He is musical director of the Kamuli Brass Band and the Ignaga Community Brass Band. At the same time he helps orphans and poor children in his home country Uganda by offering them food, education and music. This is financed by donations and income from compositions for youth orchestras.

The publisher Tierolff has now included a work in its programme that supports this idea. St. John is the title written for Flexible Bands from 4 voices and percussion. It is easy to play for any kind of wind orchestra, mainly of course for the youth (for whom he also composes in Uganda). But, the work could also fit well for an adult orchestra, if you want to support the idea of John Susi Mpandi. At the same time you bring an African feeling to your concert. Listen and see into the composition St. John…..

Well, it would be a laugh if you couldn’t help this composition to be a corresponding success. The publisher provides 100% of all income to the Mpandi organization in Uganda.

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