The very first events of January 2013 were two days of conference finales where we were asked to quickly turn 200 delegates at a time into incredible boomwhacker orchestras. For anyone in the dark about what boomwhackers are, they are simple plastic tubes that are used to create instant, low-volume music. The different lengths available produce different tones to give the head facilitator in charge the opportunity to create harmony and melody with any size of group.
For both of these events, our client had asked if we could incorporate a famous TV theme tune into the finale sessions. Because our boomwhackers cover a range of musical notes, this was quite easy for us to do. We had half of the delegates playing with boomwhackers and the other half singing the requested tune!
Our typical format for boomwhacker activities involves a group learning to play together and combining simple individual parts to create a multi-layered performance. We usually add introductory sections and one of our finale rhythm options to complete the musical journey.
Our audiences were totally up for anything so, always seizing the opportunity to add more fun, drama and interactive antics, we identified some talented volunteers for the musical finales. The job of any Creative Team Events facilitator is to guide participants to go beyond what they think is possible, manage carefully the individuals that volunteer to stand out from the crowd and leave the entire group feeling empowered.
We asked the audience if there were any secret Zumba or Salsa dancers, or karaoke stars. It didn’t take long before friends and colleagues were shouting names of possible ‘victims’! In the true spirit of the day, we ended up with some fantastic delegates up on stage with me and ready to demonstrate what stepping up to a new challenge really means!
In the second day finale, the audience shouted the name of someone who, seemingly, used to be a singer. Once pushed up on stage by friends, this very brave chap hesitantly took the microphone and proceeded to sing (totally unaccompanied) the hit song ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. You could have heard a pin drop, and then huge applause erupted from everyone in the room! Such magical moments often occur when you generate a space, platform or atmosphere where spontaneous creativity and freedom rule.
From that amazing moment, and with the drop of my conducting hand, our huge boomwhacker orchestra all came back in together perfectly and finished on a wonderful high.