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David Seay

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David sings, plays over a dozen instruments, teaches private music lessons, and conducts workshops, most notably in harmonica.

Combining his passions for music, history, and storytelling, David has presented Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau programs since 1997. He is a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in Schools/Communities Residency Program (over 25 years) and has been conducting residencies for over 30 years.


“The ‘Tradition’ in Traditional Folk Music”

This presentation features demonstrations and stories of folk instruments such as harmonica, pennywhistle, Lakota style flute, ocarina, pan pipes, animal horn, bugle, musical saw, banjo, singing bowl, didgeridoo, and limber toys. The introduction of a new instrument every few minutes keeps this program upbeat and makes it easy to tailor for groups of any age from preschoolers to senior citizens. (30-90 min.)

Also available through the
Humanities Nebraska Speaker’s Bureau


“Train Songs and Tales”

What is it about trains that so easily engages one’s imagination? Climb aboard with David as he shares a variety of railroad inspired songs and stories that offer peeks into the past from a wide variety of points of view. This upbeat excursion is accompanied by guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonicas, whistles, and a sing-along or two. (30-60 minutes)

Also available through the
Humanities Nebraska Speaker’s Bureau


“Nebraska Territory Stories”

In this upbeat presentation David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of life during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. This cheerful show works particularly well for family audiences as it has opportunities for volunteers to come up front and participate. Instruments featured are banjo, harmonica, whistles, and mountain dulcimer. (45-60 minutes)

Also available through the
Humanities Nebraska Speaker’s Bureau


Harmonica Workshops

Within the first few minutes workshop participants will be playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas.

Also available for schools through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is a one day, three to eight hour “Folk Traditions Through Music” residency that features a hands-on introduction to harmonica.


Residencies

David is also available for a five day residency through the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-the-Schools/Communities Residency Program.


David

Quotes...

“Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. You are the best at what you do... Talk about a room full of happy people.”
...Associate Curator of Education
Youth, Family, and Community Programs,
Joslyn Art Museum
after harmonica workshops for "two packed houses" at "Family Day"

“Very professional, entertaining, and educational.”
...Project Director
Seward Arts Council
after a Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Presentatiion of
“The ‘Tradition’ in Traditional Folk Music”

“The stories and songs make history much more real. Well done!”
...High School-aged audience member
after a Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Presentatiion of
“Train Songs and Tales of the Westward Rails”

“Really involved and excited the children and all of the teachers were smiling through out the program.”
...Project Director
Johnson County Central School
after a Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Presentatiion of
“The ‘Tradition’ in Traditional Folk Music”

“Excellent! David really interacted well with the audience.”
...Program Director
Lincoln Area Agency on Aging

“I was impressed with the way you handled students, the patience you exhibited, your humor (even if the kids didn’t always get it), and the simplicity of your instruction. I’ve put you on my “Excellent” list. You’ll get asked again to come here.”
...Principal Lincoln Elementary School, Hastings, Nebraska
after a Nebraska Arts Council Artists-in-the-Schools/Communities Residency

“It was another great week! You are a great fellow, fun companion, and a fantastic musician!”
...Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale
after an annual week long Statehood Day Celebration tour

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