If you didn’t have the privilege of attending the “Steelin Hearts” steel drum concert at the library today, you missed out on a great treat. I heard the steel drum played for the first time on a cruise in the Bahamas 13 years ago and fell in love with the sound.
Today’s concert reminded me of why I fell in love with the steel drum in the first place. Steve and Angel Lawrie performed several tunes on the steel drum and allowed the audience to participate as well. Did you know that the steel drum sound was created by a 14 year old boy from Trinidad named Winston “Spree” Simon in 1930’s, using biscuit tins!!!! Who knew something used for everyday life could create such a beautiful soul stirring sound!
Okay, so today I found out that Angel Lawrie has a steel drum camp, called “Angel Pan Camps”. She informed me of two sessions: July 8 – July 18 from 1pm – 4pm and July 22 – July 26 from 6pm-8pm. The cost is just $25 per child/session. The camp offers lessons in steel drum playing, and at the end of the camp the students present their skills in front of an audience at a selected event, like Cedar Point! (psst…… admission into the event is likely FREE) They may even be able to get a lesson in steel drum construction as Steve Lawrie makes them!
The camp is located in Akron and for more information you can contact Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Happy Frreeeeee Hunting!