As part of our Diversity event series, Dulwich College International has been collaborating with world-renowned top music institutions over the years to provide a variety of music workshops. This year, Dulwich College Suzhou is honoured to welcome the music band from Berklee College of Music - Yankee & The Foreigners, to conduct a session of band-performing skills workshop to Year 9 and composition course to GCSE students.
Having started their music career as busking musicians in downtown Boston since 2015, the Yankee & The Foreigners were happy to demonstrate a professional busking performance at our Senior School busking pit. The energetic rhythm of a few popular covers such as "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker, "Riptide" by Vance Joy and "Yellow" by Coldplay had brightened up the entire Senior School building to a pleasant and unforgettable Friday lunchtime. As if the busking performance was not enough, Senior School students and some of our DUCKS students got treated to an hour of Yankee & The Foreigners mini-concert in the afternoon at the Senior School theatre, with their signature songs such as "Little Elephant", "Honolulu", "Stolen Roses" and "the Banjo Song", just to name a few.
When asked whether they have any advice for our music students who might want to pursue a music career, Tim replied, “Where to start is hard, but the first thing to keep in mind is that you should just make music. You should get together and create some songs, don’t worry about making money, that will come (later) if you write good music and you get passionate about your project. Once you have that (songs and music projects), get out of your house, go to some venues, open mics and meet as many people as you can to make some contacts and don’t be afraid to ask your contacts if they have any opportunity for you.”
Lastly, without further ado, let’s enjoy a short video dedicated to a full day of American indie folk-pop spirit and fun Friday. A big shout out to Zach Rosten, Molly Pope, Connor McCoy, and Timothy Loten from the Yankee and the Foreigners, thank you so much for introducing American folk-pop music genre to the Dulwich College Suzhou community.
For those who can’t get enough of their music after watching the three-minute summary below, you can click here to go to their official website to learn more.