Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin was joined by Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh on Feb. 3, at the opening celebration of the college's series of Black History Month events. Freeholder Jalloh addressed the crowd of students, faculty, and staff, speaking about the significant contributions made by members of the black community and the influence of African American culture on today's world.
In addition to Chairman Jalloh, Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce Bergen and Freeholder Sergio Granados attended the ceremony. After the welcoming remarks by President McMenamin, the audience was entertained and educated by a group from the Greg Bufford School of Music on elements of dancing, singing, and the history of drumming. Their performance was entitled, "Drums Dance and Music: From Africa to the New World."
The Greg Bufford School of Music is located in West Orange. The mission of the school is to provide the highest caliber of artistic training for musicians and singers in the community, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders and global citizens. The faculty is comprised of internationally renowned musicians/singers, preeminent jazz, classical, R&B artist, gold/platinum and Grammy award-winning composers and producers. Their skill, talent, dedication and patience is the cornerstone of the learning experience for students of all ages and levels.
The founder, Greg Bufford, studied composition and orchestra percussion at Berklee College of Music. He went on to study jazz drums under with master drummer Philly Joe Jones. He continued his studies in drum and bass with Larry Ridley, Jazz piano with Kenny Barron, Jazz/Motown drums with Freddie Waits, Vibes and Improvisation with Steve Nelson, African percussion with Chief Bey, Brazilian percussion with Dom Um Romao and was mentored by master drummer Papa Jo Jones for three years.
Bufford earned a B.A. in music from Rutgers University 1979. For more information, visit www.thebuffordschoolofmusic.com.
IMAGE: Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin was joined by Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh on Feb. 3, at the opening celebration of the college's series of Black History Month events. Pictured with Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh (center) are Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin (second from right), Union County College Black History Month Event Co-Chair and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Shirley Hollie-Davis (right), former Mayor of Plainfield Sharon Robinson-Briggs (second from left), and Union County College Black History Month Event Co-Chair and Dean of Students Jo Ann Davis-Wayne.