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Diplomats Of Drums Complete Week Of Musical Ambassadorship Here

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Drum LeaderThe leader of the Diplomats of Drums pictured here shared vibrant rhythmic sounds of his homeland at the Crockett Civic Center Tuesday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)Music, often referred to as an international language, was the medium for connecting a group of Malaysian artists with Houston County residents last week.

Crockett was one of four cities in the United States selected for Caravanserai, a three-part residency program that brings artists from Malaysia to the U.S. to showcase their art and their music.

The Diplomats of Drums arrived on Sunday, Oct. 5, and first enjoyed a reception at the Warfield House.

On Monday, Oct. 6, they traveled to the Lufkin Social Security Office and toured historical sites in this part of East Texas.

The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association presented a public performance of the group at the Crockett Civic Center Tuesday night, Oct. 7. Earlier in the day, local school children attended a performance just for them at the civic center.

The band held a series of school band workshops in Palestine, Vista Academy, Grapeland, Crockett and Lovelady.

Additionally, the cooked with locals at the Crockett First United Methodist Church Monthly Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 8, before presenting the evening's program.

They also presented a program for the Crockett Rotary Club on Thursday.

By the time they said their good-byes to new friends on Saturday, Oct. 11, they had toured a working Texas cattle ranch and performed a "Drum Circle" in Lightn'n Hopkins Park in Crockett.