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Drums of Rwanda

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 3:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2014

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Drums of Rwanda celebrates the struggle of the people of Rwanda to overcome the tremendous forces of evil using the Rwanda National Anthem adopted in 2001.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3 | Duration: 3:30

    Instrumentation
    Flute 1/2
    Oboe
    Bassoon
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    F Horn
    Trombone
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    Timpani (3)
    Percussion 1 (Xylophone, Bells)
    Percussion 2 (Cowbell, 2 Brake Drums)
    Percussion 3 (Bongos, Crash Cymbals)
    Percussion 4 (Congas, Suspended Cymbal)
    Percussion 5 (2 Small Bass Drums, Bells)

    Program Notes
    From April to July 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority. Begun by extreme Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali, the genocide spread throughout the country with staggering speed and brutality, as ordinary citizens were incited by local officials and the Hutu Power government to take up arms against their neighbors. By the time the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country through a military offensive in early July, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were dead and many more displaced from their homes. The RPF victory created 2 million more refugees (mainly Hutus) from Rwanda, exacerbating what had already become a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

    After its victory, the RPF established a coalition government similar to that agreed upon at Arusha, with Pasteur Bizimungu, a Hutu, as president and Paul Kagame, a Tutsi, as vice president and defense minister. Habyarimana's NRMD party, which had played a key role in organizing the genocide, was outlawed, and a new constitution adopted in 2003 eliminated reference to ethnicity. The new constitution was followed by Kagame's election to a 10-year term as Rwanda's president and the country's first-ever legislative elections. (http://www.history.com/topics/rwandan-genocide)

    Drums of Rwanda celebrates the struggle of the people of Rwanda to overcome the tremendous forces of evil using the Rwanda National Anthem adopted in 2001.

  • Video

    • Drums of Rwanda

      David Gillingham's "Drums of Rwanda" as performed by the University of Wisconsin-Superior Gold Honor Band at the Tri-State Honor Band Festival concert 2014, in Superior Wisconsin. Conducted by guest conductor, David Gillingham.
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