I was very fortunate to spend 3 days with Dr. Floyd and the Campbellsville University percussion studio.
Dr. Floyd has built quite a pan community around his city, utilizing Jumbie Jams for a youth ensemble and his own private steel band studio, both of which are under the title of Steel Appeal. The concert Dr. Floyd programmed combined the members of Steal Appeal with the Campbellsville University studio for a massive display of diverse talents for a packed theater.
Steel Appeal students between grades K - 5 played Fast One, Lazer Racer and Coconut Crazy. Though the young ones practiced along with the backing tracks in rehearsal, the students were treated a live band playing behind them on the concert!
The Steel Appeal group that is 6th grade and older played Major Scale Mambo, Waiting in Vain and then was joined by the college students for Use Somebody.
Campbellsville University undergraduates and grad students performed Four Leads, Halfa Sun, Pop'n and then concluded with Andy Narell's Coffee Street.
All of the performers on this concert participated in a recording session the night before in order to produce quality audio and video of this landmark event. Even though our session went well into the night, the humor never left the stage. Jokes about Bb's being "live this time" and comparing solos to throwing darts at a target kept everyone laughing between takes and all the way to the last hang after the concert. I can't say enough about the level of professionalism and positivity that surrounds Dr. Floyd's students and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.