For grades: K-5
Fees for live visit: $1000./day plus expenses.
Funding: State Funding is available in SC and OK.
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Not watered down jazz for kids. It's the real thing. --- American Library Journal
Jazz For Kids is a high-energy program which Howard Hanger performs from an electronic keyboard. The program is almost totally audience involvement with musical games, stories, clapping and singing. There's lots of movement and laughter from start to finish.
The program runs about 45 minutes and is geared for K-5. The goal of the show is for kids to leave with the idea that jazz=fun and that kindness and acceptance of each other is the best way to enjoy life.
The children will be saying "Oh Yeah" with Louis Armstrong, singing the blues with the slaves and panting and wagging with Howard Hanger's signature song, I Wanna Have Dog Breath The show is a joy for teachers and students. He is asked back to the same schools year after year. There are schools in Oklahoma where he has played every year for 17 years. This is a great program!
Howard Hanger has recorded 14 albums. His four children's albums have each won national awards including American Library Association, Parents' Choice and Parent's Magazine. He has appeared on public television specials across the country and was featured on several ABC News specials.
Howard Hanger has composed hundreds of children's songs, jazz tunes, songs and chants for church publications and classical works. As a musical representative for the United States State Department, he has toured and performed in 26 countries.
Howard Hanger is widely sought after across the USA as a conference key-note speaker/musician. His message is an upbeat, laugh-filled affirmation of living fully and abundantly and creating a better world. It's a non-religious, but spiritual message.
Howard Hanger is on the faculty of Drew Theological School and is an ordained United Methodist Minister. He serves as the Minister of Ritual at the JUBILEE! Community in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the proud and happy father of two magical daughters.