Thunder Soul

Thunder Soul

DVD - 2012
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The story of high school band leader "Prof" Johnson, who took the jazz band of Kashmere High School, Houston, and transformed them into the legendary funk powerhouse in the 1970s. Now decades later, his students prepare to gather and celebrate him.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 26, 2017

Great documentary about a High School stage band from Houston, TX. They had a truly inspirational band director, Conrad "Prof" Johnson who trained the kids to believe in themselves and their music. The DVD focuses on a reunion of the band 34 years later. They competed in numerous state, national and international competitions and won during their peak in 1974. Mr. Johnson trained them to play instruments but also encouraged them to individualize their sound with feeling. Most of the stage bands in the 1970s were white high school groups who played jazz/swing type music, but Kashmere High school was black and Mr. Johnson incorporated elements of funk - music the kids were listening to at the time into their stage band music as well as dance moves into the band's performance. No one had seen or heard anything like in the 19070s! Inspirational story about how one man truly taught them, encouraged them and influenced them into becoming talented student/artists. At one point he tells a kid, "you don't talk thug to me" and the kids did not. They aspired to be more, to be better, to achieve the high standards set for them by Mr. Johnson. No swearing or violence, good family film especially if you have kids interested in music. Also, great to see how one good, committed teacher can really positively affect students.

Sep 15, 2012

Amazing documentary of a high school band in Texas that came out of nowhere in the mid-'70's and swept away honors and awards. Thanks to their band leader, Conrad O. Johnson they rose beyond anything they ever thought possible. This group of African-American students achieved the impossible in Texas in a time of change. They brought funk and honor to their school and their community. And then they reunited and did it again, 30 years later with an amazing reunion performance for their mentor.

Aug 19, 2012

Fun and feel good as anything. What an amazing group of people to work together so beautifully.


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