"A 'tribe' is defined as a social group composed chiefly of numerous families, clans, or generations having a shared ancestry and language."

"Tribal dances not only vary from one tribe to another but also fall into many different categories, such as weapon dances, fertility dances, Sun- and Moon-worshipping dances, initiation dances, war dances, and hunting dances."

In the late 1980's, I attended a conference which addressed the benefits of music. I remember a fascinating presentation about tribal dance. I learned that tribal dances are not only exciting to see and listen to, but also a means of communication within the tribe.

'Tribal Dance' for Percussion Ensemble is my interpretation of a community that is celebrating joy and excitement and the love of family.