5 March, 2018

Santa Cecilia Children’s & Youth Band

Let’s help the Santa Cecilia Children’s and Youth Band to make their trip to Mexico City more exciting

Four years ago, the teachers and staff of Ideal had the pleasure, thanks to our group of German volunteers, to meet the Santa Cecilia Children’s and Youth Band of Oaxaca. This musical band is something more than that; it is a comprehensive social project that now has more than 100 children and young people actively participating.

But let me tell you about it: Seven years ago, Father José Rentería of San Bartolo Coyotepec (a place famous for its black pottery), along with parents of the neighborhood “Agencia Vicente Guerrero”, which is a place located 15 minutes away from San Bartolo, thought of making a traditional music band with children and teenagers. The purpose of this band was to reduce the problems of its neighborhood. Agencia Vicente Guerrero is a suburban settlement that was created around the municipal garbage dump of the city of Oaxaca, and has the problems of marginal populations such as delinquency, drug addiction and vandalism in its streets.

What better way than music and art to mitigate the problems of the community? And working with young people is much better. The children study and practice with the band from Monday to Friday at least two hours in the afternoons, therefore they have less exposure to the risks and dangers of the street.

From being just a traditional music band, now it has become the “Santa Cecilia Musical Initiation School”, which means that the children have a complete musical education. And three years ago, string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and double basses, where integrated to create a symphonic band. Even more, one of the girls of the band studied in France to repair woodwind and brass instruments, and despite being able to work in a better paid workshop, she decided to continue collaborating with the project and to open a “Repair Workshop for Musical Instruments” in the school Santa Cecilia.

The Children and Youth Band will visit Mexico City from April 17 to 20 to give a concert with the Air France Choir, at the Blas Galindo Auditorium of the National Arts Center. Do not miss it! They will also meet with the band of the German School of Mexico City.

During their stay in Mexico City, the Children’s Band would like to visit the “Museum UNIVERSUM”, which is the children’s museum of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Would you like to help make this children’s dream possible? We need to raise $12,000 pesos ($700 USD) for the tickets and food of the 70 members of the band; there are 60 children and teenagers, and 10 chaperones. The purpose of this effort is for these young musicians to have a better experience in their trip, bring back memories and know that their effort will always be well rewarded.

The Children of Santa Cecilia thank you in advance for your support!

Carlos Brito

Director of Ideal Language and Cultural Experiences