What school personnel are saying...
Let me recommend that you set a date to have Les Gustafson-Zook present his assembly, Songs of the Pioneers for your elementary students. He is a gifted entertainer; he is able to relate very well to elementary students. Les has an outstanding presentation singing folk songs and playing folk instruments.
Les' assembly has two outstanding characteristics. It
is very entertaining and it is an outstanding educational experience. If you are
looking for a unique musical experience, or perhaps a cultural and historical
emphasis, I would recommend Les Gustafson-Zook and his assembly Songs of the
Pioneers. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed!
Just a note to let you know I've received many, many positive
comments about your assembly here. Among them are "it was the best assembly we've ever had", "there's nothing I didn't like", "I want to play a Woody". Thanks so much for fitting us into your schedule. It certainly was great fun and very informative..... Students are still singing some of your songs.
You gave a rich gift of music, history and entertainment to our students today. I have never witnessed this level of enthusiasm in our students after any assembly. You have a terrific ability to engage people in your craft. Thanks for engaging young and old alike here at Mountain View. We loved your presentation.
Your visit to Westview was one of the highlights of my teaching career! You truely understand children, and they gained so much from your performance. I was amazed that even the kindergarteners had intellegent things to say when we discussed your performance in class. Thank you for developing a show that is such a perfect balance of entertainment and education, and thank you for providing us with such a rich cultural experience.
Just wanted to say thank you once more and let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed your large group assembly and the small group workshops. Your presentation added a special element to our American History unit and to Pioneer reading theme. Thank you for spending the day with us!
Thanks so much for our assembly at Berlin. Feedback from our students and staff was so positive that I'll probably have you return at some point.
Seeing and hearing the variety of instruments was impressive.
Manner was engaging, respectful and kid paced... like a storyteller going back
in time, interweaving stories and showing off instruments and songs. Appreciated
the well loved classic folksongs with characteristic instruments.
The students and I have had some very good discussions regarding the presentation...........they really enjoyed it, and so did the teachers. Many of the teachers have told me what a good program it was, and they hope we will have Mr. Zook return in the future! Thanks again!
I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful music program
you presented for our third grade. I was impressed with the way you could control
your audience. The children certainly enjoyed and appreciated the program....
The children talked about the program for days and days. They were quite impressed
and so were other adults in the school. Keep making that wonderful music!
My fifth graders really enjoyed your program---they liked the variety and were thoroughly thrilled with your ability to play the variety of instruments.
Your performance last night was simply terrific. Both
kids and grown-ups thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I'm still hearing positive
feedback from the community. I was tremendously impressed by your musical and
I just wanted to thank you for coming to Akron Elementary on April 5th and putting on such a fantastic show. Although I was only able to see the end of your presentation, I enjoyed it greatly. More importantly, I received great reviews from students and staff alike. I would like to share a note of thanks the PTA received from our Music teacher:
So once again, thanks for a super assembly! Best to you,
"What fun! From pre-K to fifth grade -- and teachers
too! -- toes were tapping, hands were clapping, and fingers were snapping as the
tempo and variety of the program kept the students on the edges of their seats.
The experience of storytelling and hilarity using simple instruments and songs
connected textbook learning to the realities of life in another era. At times
we could almost hear the crackle of the campfire on the Oregon Trail as we sang
along. And following the program, more than a few parents reported their families'
attempts to create music at home with spoons!
We truly enjoyed having you here. I have gotten positive
feedback from all. One teacher said she wishes all our assemblies could be of
this high quality. You are welcome back anytime. Teachers, parents and students
really appreciated your wisdom, talent and energy! Thanks!
"Your program was just wonderful!!! You are bringing
back the folk music all children should know and love, and do it in such a fun
way that the children can't help but love it!!"
Les has a wonderful rapport with students
Informative and enjoyable supplement to the pioneer curriculum.
We'd love to have Les back!
It's definitely related to our Indiana History Cards
& pioneer chapter in our text. However, it's just as important for students to
know about the entertainment & other activities that pioneers experienced.
Not only did Mr. Zook play the instruments well, he spoke
about where & how each originated. Mr. Zook definately had all of the student's
attention during the performance -- the students were also allowed to participate during the
It created a different learning environment for the kids.
They really enjoyed it!
The teachers and students of Bristol Elementary School
really enjoyed your presentation. We are very honored to have had you and are
looking forward to your coming to Bristol School again next year.
I like the music that you played. I think that the coolest
instrument was the banjo and Woody was neat. The Jew's harp was nice. Thank you
for coming. That was a really neat concert.
I think that you are very talented. and I liked your
intruments and I liked your songs. Don't you get tired of playing them. Well I
have to go!
Thank you for coming to our school to help celebrate
Indiana's birthday. I enjoyed singing songs and watching you play different instruments.
How can you play so many instruments? I can't even play a recorder. I hope you
come back soon.
The children, teachers and staff at West Goshen thank
you very much for coming to our school on Mar. 1. We all enjoyed the variety of
songs and the many instruments you played. Alot of children said they tried playing
the spoons at home, but they thought the cheater spoons we used in the music class
were alot easier. Thanks again for entertaining and educating us!
Thanks for the great assembly. I bought your tape for
my own children. We've been dancing and enjoying it as a family!
Thank you for coming. We really enjoyed your performances.
The kids were really into it! Thanks again.
We wanted to let you know again how much we appreciated
your program at our school. The children are still talking about it.