Newly Updated Program description: “How WE Arrived”

tjHi All Y’all
   This is a newly updated program description for my new program How WE Arrived …How Grassroots Music influenced the history of the 20th century & beyond. (Click here to download the full program description for How WE ArrivedIt examines the 50 year increments of 1915, 1965, 2015 and speculates on 2065. I haven’t been this excited about a program for a very long time. One of the key goals is to break down the barriers that obtusely block our ability to have dialogue on such issues as race,class and prejudice in general. It’s also meant to destroy the perception that history has little if any connection to who we are today and that its about as exciting as watching paint dry. Both of these issues are obstructions to, not only, learning but living.
    It’s a multi media, interactive, integrated arts project that combines live music, power point display, video, discussion and percussion instruments. ALL participants are mentally, emotionally, and physically involved in the process.
    Miles Davis once said when asked how to develop a personal style on a instrument: Not only listen intently to what’s being done…listen for what’s not being done and then focus on developing that. As a musician I’ve always tried to live by those words. Now as an educator, an Artist in Residence, with over 40 years of experience, I realize that in education …the elephant in the room…i.e. subjects that are avoided such as racism,classicism, sexism etc., (especially pertaining to today) is the very CONNECTING piece that is too often missing in the teaching of  History and Social Studies education today. The elephant isn’t to be feared…The elephant is what’s relevant. Contrary to the old adage Youth is wasted on the young….Youth and progress is stymied by the old who are too afraid to keep it real.  Those who won’t take risks are keeping our youth at risk.
    I’m currently finishing off booking the 2014-15 school year and actively booking the 2015 -2016 year. This program is not only for K-12 schools, it can easily be tailored for Universities, Libraries, Civil & Human rights Orgs., Church groups, Corporations, celebrations such as Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Labor Day, etc. It can be done as a workshop/concert or in more depth as a residency.
     Please check out the attachment  to see far more fully the timeline, the music and how the connections are made. Please get back to me with any comments, questions and feedback.
     Thank you
       Tj Wheeler
PS This program in itself is a grassroots movement…so please..if you yourself aren’t in a position facilitate having this program, please share it with those you know who could 🙂
Share : facebook



6 Responses

Leave us a comment


  • Arnie Alpert on

    TJ – I’m looking forward to seeing this new presentation. It’s great to participate in music and the arts for people to get a real understanding of history. The elephant is relevant!


  • Ed Fayle on

    Last year I attended a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Conference and met Tj Wheeler. I was wholly taken by his talents and the messages he brought forth to denounce oppression through The Blues. When I saw him in action, I immediately thought: I want my students to witness this man and what he has to say through his art. He will ignite powerful, good things within them.
    We have scheduled a residency with Tj at our high school later this year. We’re thrilled with the promise found in his new program, “How We Arrived” that specializes in using the arts as an entry point into many social and cultural issues from our collective past that connect and resonate with tremendously important meaning for today and all the tomorrows beyond. “How are we going to treat each other?” It’s a question that does not lose currency.

    Straight out, I’ll tell you: Do what you can to get this guy to perform his programs at your place. He’s treasure, gettin’ at truth with some serious mojo.

    Ed Fayle, Career Teacher of English, White Mountains, New Hampshire


  • James "Sweetwater" Adams on

    The elephant is indeed what’s real, and we all need to make sure our children, and in my case, grandchildren are educated to move our society beyond its current limitations.


  • Kirby Randolph on

    Way to go T.J.!! This looks very exciting. I wish I could be there to see it. You are a gift to the community, so they might not appreciate it right now you have done a lot to educate people and break down barriers.


  • Julianne Morse on

    TJ has a lot to share through his musical talent, cultural awareness, community building, and advocacy for the civil rights of all. He brings to all his performances and community programs 40 years of dedication to musical excellence in jazz, blues and advocating for cultural and social equity.

    He’s funny, talented and deeply knowledgeable. I am sure this program would be a rewarding opportunity for engagement, learning and discussion for any group. New Hampshire is proud to have TJ enriching our music halls, churches, schools, and community centers sharing his experiences and music.

    http://pierce.state.nh.us/nharts/artsandartists/roster/artistinfo.asp?ArtistID=90


  • Judy Rigmont on

    It was my pleasure to work at the NH State Council on the Arts for about 25 years during which I was blessed to help support TJ’s exemplary, innovative programs and artist residencies. Like his new integrated arts program noted above, he is amazing. I ditto all the positive comments above, especially that he iis a treasure, an artist whose work needs to be shared with all segments of our population. He makes learning history via music exciting and everyone is richer for experiencing his knowledge and musical talent. Way to go, TJ!!!! Good luck with promoting your new, exciting program. As a student, I wish I had you come in to my school to liven up my history class and make learning far more fun and exciting. TJ + music are powerful teachers!


Leave a Comment