9th Wonder donates beat lab to Reynolds

9th Wonder donates beat lab to Reynolds
December 28
03:00 2017

Grammy nominated music producer 9th Wonder is looking to inspire the next generation of beat makers right here in Forsyth County. Just ahead of the holiday season, he donated a brand new Maschine MK2 beat lab to the music department at Reynolds High School.

The donation is part of the Kids Love Beats program sponsored by Black Jedi Zulu, and Native Instruments. Black Jedi Zulu is a nonprofit organization started by 9th Wonder, which looks to serve the community and preserve hip-hop culture through various programs and initiatives.

The partnership with Native Instruments began earlier this year and is designed to inspire the next generation through rhythm and sound. When she got word that she was on the list to receive the beat lab designed and donated by Native Instruments, orchestra teacher Margaret Rehder said, she was overwhelmed with excitement for her students.

“Although I’m not familiar with the equipment, I’m excited that my students get the opportunity to enjoy an important part of the music landscape,” said Rehder, who was 9th Wonder’s teacher when he was a student at Hill Middle School.

When asked what kind of student 9th Wonder was when he was simply known as Patrick Douthit, a member of the after-school orchestra, Rehder said, “Patrick was real attentive and super polite.

“He was an amazing clarinet player and he was always at rehearsal. Patrick was one of the band students who was selected to join the orchestra,” she continued. “That summer we traveled to Bush Gardens and performed there. It was an amazing expeierence.”     

The new beat lab was delivered to Reynolds just before the holiday season. Before students get started making their own beats and showing their creativity, Rehder said 9th Wonder will be bringing in his own producers to show students how to use the equipment. And who knows: They may even discover the next 9th Wonder or Dr. Dre.

“I can’t wait to see the students show their creativity because that’s what music is all about. I am grateful for Patrick and everything he is doing to help the students here at Reynolds,” Rehder said.

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