Jammin’ Island, Steel Pan and Drum Camp
The smooth, melodic sounds of Caribbean will be heard this summer when the Florence Symphony Orchestra offers a hands-on steel pan and drum program for children. Dr. Shane Reeves, principal percussionist for the FSO and FMU instructor, will head “Jammin’ Island, Steel Pan and Drum Camp” for area 3rd-8th graders, July 23-26 at the FMU Performing Arts Center.
Reeves has been playing drums for 20 years and has taught students from elementary to college level. “I really enjoy world music and world percussion, especially African and Caribbean music. Drumming is a fantastic and fun activity for kids. It teaches them musical and rhythmic concepts in a way that is fun for them. They also are able to learn about other cultures, geography, and history too. Most of them respond well to drumming activities and usually pick up the rhythms quite quickly by imitating what they see and hear.”
“We wanted to offer a fun summer program for children,” said FSO executive director, Pamela Glass. “Playing music together has so many benefits. It increases concentration and focus, encourages creativity and self-expression. This camp requires no previous musical experience and is a great way to introduce the fun of playing music together.”
A day at Jammin’ Island will consist of hands on learning with simple steel pans and a variety of unique percussion instruments. Campers will also learn the history of the instruments and the music, and prepare for a performance on the last day of camp.
“We are so grateful to have received a grant from the Florence Regional Art Alliance and sponsorship from Honda to purchase the steel pans and hand drums for this camp. We can not only use them for this camp, but we can take these instruments out into the community and offer a steel pan and drum sessions to different organizations,” said Glass.
Jammin’ Island will take place July 23 through July 27. Parents have the choice of signing their child up for either the morning session (9 a.m.- 12 p.m.) and an afternoon session (1 p.m.-4 p..m). Jammin’ Island is $85 per student. For more information, visit www.florencesymphony.com/jamminisland or call (843) 661-2541.