Thunder Soul – you must see this film!

The movie poster.

This past week, I went to a screening of a documentary on the Upper West Side with my mom. To be honest, I had no idea what I was going to see but she had some free tickets and I like spending time with her. I thought she might have said something about a “math teacher.” So we met outside the theater, got some snacks and a couple of enormous “medium” sodas and sat down…Turns out the movie was not about a “math teacher” but a music teacher. And not just any music teacher as we found out over the next hour and a half. The movie Thunder Soul was so fantastic, everyone in the theater was laughing out loud, crying and clapping. It’s a documentary on the Kashmere High School stage band in the 1970s and their band leader “Prof.” Conrad O. Johnson. You must see this film. I don’t want to give too much away but basically it tells the story of this amazing educator, a group of very talented students, and their success as a high school band. Kashmere High School is in Houston Texas and this was an all black stage band in the early-mid seventies. Think about the timing of the Civil Rights movement in this country and how these students were just getting opportunities their own parents never had. It is an amazing story – do not miss the opportunity to see Thunder Soul! Jamie Foxx is the executive producer.
– Caroline

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