It's Steel Band Culture Youth!
We are so proud of these amazing and talented young people.
Message from Ed Stephen:
“My goal is to give young people the joy of music while helping to build self esteem. Learning to play the steel drum gives them the ability to play a unique instrument while performing a variety of different types of music. And best of all, it’s so much fun!”
Watch the moves and enjoy the music. A patriotic tribute that had the crowd cheering for more!
Steel Band Culture Youth On The Road
It was a chilly morning in West Palm Beach as we participated once again at the Race for the Arts run at the Dreher Park Zoo, this time with the Steel Drum Group from Seminole Ridge High School. We played some of our favorites while the runners flew by. Clapping and waving as they passed along their route, we hope our music gave them some sustenance to go on to the finish line!
We were all up very early to play at the Race for the Arts 4K run which began at 7:00 am at the West Palm Beach Dreher Park Zoo. A number of different young groups performed, from singers to dancers and of course, our fabulous Lake Worth High School steel drum musicians! A few of the Lake Worth High School teachers ran in the race and placed very well. A worthy cause benefiting the arts in Palm Beach County schools.
The SBC Youth group played at the 9th Annual Children and Parent’s Day held in Boynton Beach where the theme was “Celebrating the Apple Fruit.” Lots of youngsters showed up with their parents to participate in the interactive workshops. The best part was the delicious apple dishes cooked up by local chefs. Yummy!
This event, held at Lake Worth beach, was a huge hit with the crowds. The stage was located right on the main road in front of the Casino Building with food vendors along the road. The crowds were so impressed with the Lake Worth High School steel drum group as they rocked the stage with their music and choreography. The entire show was captured on video, check it out here.
It was a fun day in the central square of downtown Lake Worth when the Steel Band Culture Youth group amazed the passers-by with their drumming talents. They successfully sold many Lake Worth High School coffee mugs for fund-raising and collected a good amount of tips!
The kids had a great time playing at the Lake Worth Reggae Fest for 2 years in a row. Each time they got to come back to check out the evening entertainment. They even managed to make their way on stage with some of the big acts as well as doing the conga line throughout the park. What hams!
In The News!
Palm Beach Post
May 24, 2012
Lake Worth band students like sound of steel drums.
Ed Stephen was featured in this Palm Beach Post article after local staff writer, Willie Howard, saw and heard the Lake Worth High School steel drum group in action.
“During a recent practice session at the high school, the young steel drummers were playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in a Calypso style that would make Judy Garland smile.”
Letter from Congress
“I am writing to commend you for the fine work you are doing as Director of Lake Worth High School’s Steel Drum Band. Thanks to your guidance and encouragement, these young, enthusiastic musicians will find their skills improved each time they perform. You have helped them discover an interest in calypso music, and they are surely very grateful. Playing steel drums is an activity they will enjoy all their lives, and they will always remember you fondly for the work you did with them.”