The Traditional Music Ensemble class was established in Spring 2011 under the direction of Dr. Mark DeWitt and Grammy award-winning Cajun musician Wilson Savoy. In this first version of the class, students learned standard Cajun and Creole dance tunes by ear in a sort of structured jam session, sitting in a circle. Singing, especially in French, is also encouraged.
Usual instrumentation includes accordion, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and upright bass, but already we have had students play instruments less frequently heard in Louisiana French music, such as the piano and the clarinet. Guitarists who can play lead are also welcome and will need a small amp to be heard. So whatever you play, come and audition for us the first week of class and show us what you got!
"Traditional Music Ensemble" is ultimately a flexible concept with the potential to take many forms, depending on student interest, initiative, and instructor availability. A bluegrass edition was established by Dr. Len Springer in Spring 2014. For further questions about traditional music ensembles or about the traditional music major, please contact Dr. DeWitt at 337-482-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ensembles perform regularly at public events. The group has since led jam sessions at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, played at festivals sponsored by Louisiana Folk Roots, and played onstage in Angelle Hall with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.