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George Bedard and the Kingpins Talk Social Inclusion Through Music

July 8, 2014

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 8 -- The U.S. Embassy issued the following news release:

U.S. State Department Arts Envoys, The George Bedard and the Kingpins band, completed their two-city, seven-concert tour in Tegucigalpa with a performance at the official 4th of July celebration held at the Ambassador's residence on Thursday, July 3. Following the performances, the participants were invited to test out the instruments the band uses to play and were encouraged to practice their English by asking the band questions about American music, culture, and the band's history.

On July 2, the group performed before a packed, enthusiastic crowd at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (UNAH).

In San Pedro Sula, George Bedard and the Kingpins performed at the Our Little Roses Orphanage. The band delighted an audience of mostly young girls. With their signature blend of blues, jazz, rock and roll, rockabilly, and swing, Bedard and the Kingpins they soon had everyone from the small children to adults dancing and clapping along. After the concert, the band members shared with the children stories about the origin of blues and jazz, about working in a band together and held a session demonstrating how to play each of the instruments used: guitar, bass guitar and drums.

The band played to more than 350 fans at Universidad de San Pedro Sula (USAP), as well as three shows before packed, screaming crowds at Centro Cultural Sampedrano (CCS).

The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding. American arts professionals travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Programs seek to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.

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