G’day mate! Didgeridoo Down Under = Australian Music, Education, Entertainment. We provide high-energy shows and workshops, combining music, culture, science, comedy, character building and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!
Our North Carolina performers, the multi-talented duo of Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard, have been making and playing didgeridoos for almost 30 years. They’ve performed throughout the country, have recorded several albums, and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. Tanya, who grew up in Australia, also has written a children’s book, The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf.
Since 2004, we’ve presented 8,000+ programs at schools and other venues in North Carolina and nationwide. Videos and references are available at www.didgedownunder.com.
DIDGERIDOO DOWN UNDER VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
We are fully functional in the virtual realm. Our virtual production studio includes high-end sound equipment, professional photography lights and multiple green screens. We have presented 140+ online programs to schools and libraries nationwide. We regularly use Zoom, Vimeo and YouTube, and we can work with other platforms too.
(Virtual) DDU Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More!
G’day! The DDU Show is a unique fusion of Australian music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages! DDU performer Rob Thomas is a true didgeridoo pioneer in the U.S. He has been making and playing didges for almost 30 years; has performed throughout the country; has recorded several albums; and has produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. Rob plays a variety of exotic didgeridoos throughout the show. He also uses a multitude of props – including motivational signs, vocabulary lists, maps, globes, artifacts, artwork and puppets – to deliver educational lessons and empowering messages about diversity, kindness, tolerance, and respect. Your students will be fully engaged with world-class educational entertainment! (Virtual show promo videos are on our website.)
(Virtual) Protect the Planet: Earth Science & Ecological Entertainment!
Come join us on an epic adventure, from the birth of the universe to the age of the dinosaurs to the modern world. Using 21st century technology and awe-inspiring visuals, we’ll explain how the air we breathe was created; we’ll marvel at prehistoric creatures roaming primordial landscapes; we’ll explore a mysterious underground plant communication network (the Wood Wide Web); we’ll observe interactions between different animal species; and we’ll explain how to protect our beautiful and beloved Earth … all while listening to the pulsing, otherworldly sounds of the didgeridoo, one of the world’s oldest musical instruments. Performers Rob Thomas & Tanya Gerard are a multi-talented duo that has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals and other venues nationwide over the past 20 years. They also have recorded several CDs and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. Rob & Tanya offer two different versions of the program, depending on the audience (elementary or middle school).
(Virtual) Sonic Frontier: Science, Music & More!
Boom, buzz, bang! Sound is a phenomenon that connects us all. In this interactive and upbeat STEAM program, William MacGavin and Rob Thomas will use engaging music, comedic skits and captivating props to teach about the fascinating world of sound. Students will learn what actually makes a sound; different uses of sound from across the world and across many species; and how sound waves even keep us alive! William is a professional acoustician and engineer, and he has used the science of sound to make didgeridoos and to help design vibration-proof spaceships. Rob has been a professional musician and educational entertainer for almost 30 years. They both have performed for and educated audiences nationwide, and they are dedicated to encouraging students to explore science and the universe! William and Rob offer two different versions of the program, depending on the audience (elementary or middle school).
(Virtual) Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf: Unleash Your Inner Author!
Deep in the mystical mountains of western North Carolina, if you listen quietly at night, you might hear the ancient and enthralling sound of … a wolf! Although wolves no longer live in the wild in western NC, children’s author Tanya Gerard and her husband, Rob Thomas, have raised wolves and wolf-dog hybrids as pets for almost 20 years. Their pets – and their love of nature and storytelling – inspired Tanya to write a debut book, The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf, and soon-to-be-published The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf 2. Tanya and Rob are now on a mission to motivate children to practice reading and writing, and to unlock their own inner author. In this engaging and fun K-5th program, Tanya and Rob will read and act out passages from her book, complimented by stunning photos and captivating videos of their wild pets. Throughout the program, Tanya and Rob will deliver motivational messages about reading, writing and life. Their messages are simple but important: Read as much as possible. Start by writing about what interests you. Keep writing, even if it’s not perfect. Follow your dreams! Tanya & Rob are a multi-talented duo that has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries and other venues nationwide. They also have recorded several CDs and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet.
Proof of insurance available upon request. ASC does not hold current documentation.
14650 Bournemouth Rd., Tampa, FL 33626
office 813-961-4656 / cell 813-833-8856
The Aussie Funk Jam is a totally interactive and hands-on workshop. Participants learn how to play the didgeridoo, including vocalizing and creating simple rhythms, with our beginner didges. The presenter also explains how to make and decorate a “didge” very inexpensively. Participants will be mesmerized, inspired and motivated as they enjoy a one-of-a kind multicultural music experience.
The Funk Jam works best as an accompaniment or follow-up to the DDU show. It’s also a great team-building event for teachers. Many schools book shows and workshops for the full experience. The Funk Jam is best for ages 7 and up, and groups of 50 or less.
office 813-961-4656 / cell 813-833-8856
We are available in Mecklenburg County during most months. Contact Darren for specific dates.
We are usually available morning, afternoon and evening. Contact Darren for specific times.
The performer(s) will need two tables and about 10 feet of clearance in front of tables.
DDU performers Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard live in North Carolina and perform year-round at K-12 schools, libraries, festivals and other venues throughout the U.S.
1 performer: $250 on same day as show(s)
2 performers: $375 on same day as show(s)
1 performer: 1 show $600; 2 consecutive shows $800; 3 shows at same venue on same day $1100
2 performers: 1 show $900, 2 consecutive shows $1200, 3 shows at same venue on same day $1650
1 performer: 2 days $2000; 3 days $3000; 4 days $4000; 5 days $5000
2 performers: 2 days $3000, 3 days $4500, 4 days $6000, 5 days $7500
1) We promote literacy and reading by displaying a 2-foot X 3-foot vocabulary list during our programs. Our K-5 list includes Aboriginal, Australia, Didgeridoo, Diversity, Environment, Equator, Eucalyptus, Extinct, Indigenous, Island, Mammal, Marsupial, Oceania, and X-Ray Art. Our 6th-12th list includes Aboriginal, Australia, Didgeridoo, Diversity, Environment, Eucalyptus, Genocide, Indigenous, Marsupial, Monotreme, Oceania, Onomatopoeia, Sacred, and X-Ray Art. During the show, the performer slowly says each word and has the audience repeat them back to him, which reinforces phonics, spelling and word recognition. This program helps students interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings; and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. (R4)
2) We use maps to reinforce the meaning and application of certain words, such as Australia and Oceania. If a vocabulary word defines a tangible object used during the show (such as didgeridoo, eucalyptus or x-ray art), the performer points to that item while explaining the term. This program teaches students to integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. (SL2)
3) For our grand finale, participants integrate everything they’ve learned to create a group jam session. This program encourages students to Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including quantitatively, as well as in words. (R7)
1) We teach how to play the didgeridoo, including droning, vocalizing, tonguing, imitating sounds of nature, and playing basic rhythms. This program teaches students how to apply the elements of music and music techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression. (2.ML.1)
2) We talk about the didgeridoo and its connection to the Aboriginal people, who have been playing it for at least 1500 years. This program helps students understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. (6.CR.1)
3) We teach about various styles of Aboriginal artwork, including ancient X-ray art and modern dot art, which is displayed on our didgeridoos and art panels. This program helps students understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. (7.CX.1)
4) We demonstrate how students can reduce, reuse and recycle by turning a cardboard tube or PVC pipe into a simple didgeridoo. The performer also plays a didgeridoo made from recycled blue jeans. This program encourages students to evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth. (EEn.2.8)
If a school cancels less than 45 days before the program date and does not reschedule, the cancelation fee is 50% of the total booking price.