The Steelband provides instruction in steelpan music by a professional steelpan master, Roger Greenidge. Students learn by traditional Caribbean methods of instruction—rote repetition and memorization, not by reading music. The two-hour classes are held twice weekly, and additional sessions are scheduled to prepare for performances. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at The Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 5073 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC.
The music repertoire consists of a range of genres, from Caribbean and calypso to rhythm and blues and gospel. The Steelband performs at a broad range of events and venues throughout the metropolitan area.
The program also includes youth development activities to complement music instruction. Saturday youth development and life skills sessions include academic reinforcement, history and culture of the African-diaspora in the western hemisphere, health education, substance abuse prevention, etiquette and social skills, and other topics of interest and relevance to participants.
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND EDUCATION
Infused in all activities is the belief that our youth need to have a firm understanding of the history and culture of African Americans in the western hemisphere. This is translated in additional arts activities, field trips, and workshop sessions. A paramount activity is the annual trip to South Carolina for the Gullah Festival and low country cultural tour. The band often performs at the festival and the trip provides a tour of the sea islands, Charleston and area historic sites.
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