Illustration of brown djembe drumMy favorite memory at Lafayette was when I took one of my first music classes here. In my freshman year, I did not know what classes I was trying to take or what I was interested in doing long-term, and so on a whim, I decided to take a music class. I saw there was one specifically about West African music taught by Dr. [Larry] Stockton, and he let me skip Music 103 just because I was interested, which I really appreciated. I had this really interesting experience of playing the djembe, having a lot of fun, and I ended up joining Percussion Ensemble. When you come here and feel lost because you don’t really know what you are doing, it’s nice to take a risk and have things work out. —Henry Ficcadenti ’21

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