Check out the Hatch Conga Club

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As a mom of two elementary school boys at Hatch, I am profoundly proud of all the wonderful activities offered to enrich our children's lives outside of academics. Specifically, our extra-curricular music program, which my fourth-grade son has been involved with for the past couple of years, the Conga Club.

Founded in 2010, the Hatch School Conga Club is led by Evan Jacobson, an Oak Park native and District 97 music educator. The club began as an after-school drumming group, comprising fourth- and fifth-grade students, and in just three years it has turned into a terrific performing ensemble with several upcoming performances.

Although the Conga Club does play some Afro-Cuban music styles, as one would typically associate with the conga drum, it is primarily a steel drum band that plays a wide variety of music from all over the world. Styles range from Zimbabwean xylophone music to calypso tunes and current pop songs. The group performed at Allstate Arena in February at a Chicago Wolves hockey game and is excited to play at a Chicago Bulls game in the fall.

We would love for more of our community to see and hear this wonderful ensemble and there are a couple of chances to do so. They will be performing at D97's Ethnic Fest on Saturday, May 4.

Additionally, the group will be collaborating on the Mallet Madness Concert on Wednesday, May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic Fitzgerald's nightclub as a fundraiser to benefit and expand the program. Evan is teaming up with Brooks Middle School music teacher Fernando Carrillo. The show will feature young Oak Park musicians playing music that will surely get you on your feet. We'd love to see all our music-loving community out there.

Please contact the BRAVO hotline at 708-524-5621 for ticket information or visit to purchase advance tickets.

Jennifer Mistak

Oak Park

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Liz from Oak Park  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 11:34 AM

This is awesome! Hurray for wonderful teachers who go above and beyond for their students! These are life-changing experiences for them.

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