ZOBAPAGO

ZOBAPAGO

 Akron, Ohio, USA
BandRockChildren's Music

Based in Akron, OH, ZOBAPAGO embodies dynamic entertainment relating to a child’s everyday life, with a focus on science, health and hygiene. Highlights include performing at the Alexandria Waterfront Festival, Flicks on the Falls, and Akron Civic Theatre (to which we return January 29, 2012).

Biography

Keep Growing, Keep Going, ZOBAPAGO! Inspired by our own children, ZOBAPAGO (zo-bop-a-go) presents a dynamic program leading the audience on a tour through the city of Zobapa-Dopolis, and throughout the World of ZOBAPAGO. Along the way, we combine an entertaining story with interactive, educational songs relating to topics of a child's everyday life, with a focus on health, hygiene, and science. Fun for the family, we're a kid's band adults will dig, too.

With his reasonably reliable navigational skills, TaxiMan Zan (Dr. Eric Jagar) guides you through the streets, bringing along his saxophone, guitar, and percussion toys. He has the help of Destination Dayzee, the dispatcher (thanks to modern technology and a projection screen), and his mechanic garage band friends, the New-Matic-Crew. The crew is led by vocalist Zeta Pipes (Kim Salmons) who has sung throughout the country in the past, yet now has the opportunity to sing and exhibit her giant toothbrush twirl. Zippitylicks (Steve Heckel) is an accomplished musician who provides slick licks on lead guitar along the ride, while from the spare parts bag, keyboard and guitar riffs are added by Zag (Rob Eubank), local high-school educator and adminstrator. The driving groove is maintained by psychologist, professor and touring musician Zig (Dr. Anthony Sterns) on bass [and the occasional tire iron] along with Quick Sticks Zwick (Mike Zwick) and Zod (Scott Kopp) on drums and percussion. Additional percussion is provided by the audience.

Along the way, we introduce a gaggle of characters who all live and work in Zobapa-Dopolis. Some of the characters include Mr. Mathematix the teacher, Dr. Heltheebody the physician, Dr. Sparkelsmile the dentist, and Quizzical Lizzy who learns by asking questions. Professor Xplainnit answers her questions, and teaches us all about the world in which we live. We perform as a (smaller) "live band" or (larger) "theater stage" group at festivals, preschools, elementary schools, theaters and other private and public events. Our first CD "Living and Learning in Zobapa-Dopolis" is available for sale through CDBaby.com and all digital music stores.

We tour/perform a 45-60 minute dynamic program combining interactive songs with a storyline related to academic topics including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science/ecology, health & hygiene, and mathematics. For schools, the program relates to many Ohio Academic Content Standards Science Benchmarks for kindergarten through fifth grade - examples are listed below. An audio recording of the music is provided prior to the performance (as desired) that is intended to be used during music or other class time for students to become familiar with the music and interactive elements of the songs. Students and teachers may also consider utilizing art or other activity time to create their own hand percussion instruments (such as shakers) to be used during the performance, while exemplifying Science and Technology benchmarks relating to recycling/reuse and design.

Examples of Material Related to State of Ohio Academic Content Standards Science Benchmarks (Kindergarten through 5th grade):

Earth and Space Sciences
Describe similarities and differences that exist among individuals; compare changes in an organism's ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival (e.g., explore how fossils provide evidence regarding the lives of dinosaurs). Activities: discussion and song noting the parts of a human face; discussion and song regarding dinosaurs and fossils.

Physical Sciences
Explain construction planning, problem solving and tools; describe and illustrate a design process. Activities: Identify materials that can be reused as musical instruments, discuss a design process to reuse materials to create these instruments, perform music utilizing these instruments.

Scientific Inquiry
Ask a testable question, design and conduct an investigation, observe and collect data, formulate conclusions, communicate results. Activity: discussion and song regarding developing and testing an hypothesis.

Scientific Ways of Knowing
Recognize diverse groups of people contribute to our understanding of the natural world and participate in careers in all fields of science. Activities: discussions and songs regarding people involved in scientific careers and potential occupations for students.

To view upcoming and prior performances, please see the calendar page of our website, www.zobapago.com

Lyrics

Zobapago Welcome Theme

Written By: Eric Jagar and Zobapago

Zobapago, Zobapago
There is so much for us to know
Zobapago, Zobapago
There is so much to explore as we grow
Zobapago, Zobapago
Come on along let's get on the road
Zobapago, Zobapago
Get ready, get set, Zobapago!

Get Smart

Written By: Eric Jagar

The sun comes up
another day starts
I’ll learn something new
so I will get smart,
so I will get smart

I’m getting smarter
that makes a happy me
2 plus 2 is 4
4 plus 4 is 8
Learning new things
sure feels great

The sun comes up
another day starts
I’ll learn something new
so I will get smart,
so I will get smart

Red, blue, yellow
orange, purple, green
Colors in the rainbow
all that I’ve seen
What’s in the story
person, place and thing
Learn with my friends
then we dance and sing:

La de la da la da
1, 2, 3
La de la da la da
A, B, C
La de la da la da
yellow and blue make green
La de la da la da
person place or thing

La de la da la da
1, 2, 3
La de la da la da
A, B, C
La de la da la da
yellow and blue make green
La de la da la da
person place or thing
We’re learning new things
When the sun comes up…

Going to the Doctor

Written By: Eric Jagar

I’m going to the doctor
gonna get my check-up today
I will see how tall I am,
and how much I weigh.
Going to the doctor
it’s time for my check-up – hey, hey
Doctors and nurses keep me healthy, so I’ll be big and strong some day
I will be big and strong some day

Open my mouth, stick out my tongue. Listen to my heart and check my lungs.
Check my ears and check my eyes. Check from my tummy to my thighs.

I’m going to the doctor
gonna get my check-up today
I will see how tall I am,
and how much I weigh.
Going to the doctor
it’s time for my check-up – hey, hey
Doctors and nurses keep me healthy, so I’ll be big and strong some day
I will be big and strong some day

Tilt my head, look up my nose, look at my fingers and my toes
Feel my pulse and check my skin. I might need a shot or medicine

I might cry; I might get scared - But the doctors and nurses give me care

I’m going to the doctor
gonna get my check-up today
I will see how tall I am,
and how much I weigh.
Going to the doctor
it’s time for my check-up – hey, hey
Doctors and nurses keep me healthy, so I’ll be big and strong some day
I will be big and strong some day

Discography

ZOBAPAGO - Demo
Living and Learning in Zobapa-Dopolis

Set List

Our typical set is 45-60 minutes combining storyline and songs. The storyline of the show can be depicted on a projection screen with the use of computer animation.
A sample show outline/set list:
1. Meet the New-Matic-Crew and ZOBAPAGO Opening Theme
2. TaxiMan Zan Welcomes you
3. Going to the Grow & Go School
4. Get Smart Song
5. Shapes Song
6. Find the Alphabet—Alphabet Drum Song
7. Go to the Grow and Go Further Museum
8. Gravity Song
9. Bones in Stones (Paleontology)
10. Stop at the Doctor's Offices
11. Going to the Doctor Song
12. Where's Your Nose? Song
13. Visit the Dentist
14. Brush Your Teeth Song
15. Get Dressed Song
16. Helicopter, Zobapa-Chopper Song
17. Buckle Up Song
18. Show us how you play in the band
19. Rock Star Song
20. TaxiMan Zan Says Zobapa-Good-Bye
21. ZOBAPAGO Closing Theme