One Journey Follows Many Paths at Duke Ellington

11/28/2012, 12:44 p.m.

Asiyah Williams is a junior who led a group.

"Doing the exhibition tours and taking leadership, I can tie it into what I want to do with electronics and computers," said Williams, 16, who said the group made its presentation a day earlier. "Working together was tough at first, but in the end we got things together."

The students also made Navajo Nachos - a concoction of white corn chips doused in warm cheese and topped with guacamole. Students enjoyed the multidimensions of the One Journey lesson, which encompassed all their senses. But that was not all.

For the fall opening reception, students arranged for an evening of live music by student pianist 17-year-old Julian Spires in Ellington's Instrumental Music department. He played on a borrowed Warren M. Shadd piano, the only one manufactured by an African American.

"It was an opportunity to share this technology," said Shadd, a child prodigy who played drums in his first of jazz concerts at age four. Shadd's interactive hybrid piano, which has been at Ellington for more than a year, allows for distance learning, self-tutoring and archiving lessons.

"I'm really proud of all aspects of One Journey," said Stewart who added that the exhibit will be on display until Jan. 11, 2013. "I really felt like one school - with all eight departments helping to make the opening sensational."