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  • Wojb 88.9fm Third Annual Hand Drum Contest

    WOJB 88.9 FM is sponsoring the Third Annual Hand Drum Contest on February 11, 2006. It will be held at the Lac Courte Oreilles Convention Center located 4 miles southeast of Hayward on County Road B. Registration is from 11am until 5pm, the contest begins at 1pm.

    In 2003, through encouragement by community members, WOJB created the Hand Drum Contest. Hand Drums were originally used in native homes for personal singing, but over the past 50 years, the practice and its songs, were in danger of becoming lost. Here in the Northwoods, it needs to be revived and preserved for all tribes in the listening area. It also serves as a family entertainment event for the community during the long winter months. Contestants and attendees come from all over the Great Lakes Region to take part in this cultural event.

    The revival of hand drum music is best accomplished utilizing a “contest” format. The element of a contest event provides audience involvement providing encouragement, a social gathering that makes it fun, and prize money to advance competition and motivate learning.

    Total prize money is $6,000 with Adult 1st Place at $1500 and Youth 1st Place at $750. Our emcee is Larry “Amik” Smallwood and judges for this event are RJ Smith (Ojibwe), Joyce Becenti (Navajo), Lizzy Pyawasit (Menominee), Grammy-winning Bill Miller (Stockbridge-Munsee) and Tony Awonohopay (Menominee).
    The Host Drum is the LCO Pipestone Singers; invited Drum groups are Little Otter, Midnite Express, The Boyz, Eyabay, and Battle River. The evening competition is a live broadcast and web cast that will feature the finalists and winners awarded. Admission buttons are available $7 Adults, Children 5-12 years old $5, Elders and children under five are free.

    For more information, contact WOJB at 715-634-2100 or www.wojb.org.
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