DuBose Middle steel drummers win big in Florida

Eighth-graders Robert Simmons, Katelin Webb, Gabriel Perry and Sydney Greer perform in the Adult Education Center prior to the board meeting April 30.

DuBose Middle’s steel drum students made it big in Florida earlier this month.

Mike Greer started the steel drum program at DuBose in 2006. Greer instructs more than 300 steel drum sixth, seventh and eighth-grade steel students at DuBose every year.

This month the DuBose Middle eighth grade advanced steel drum band traveled to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, to compete in a national music competition called MusicUSA and were named the Instrumental Music Grand Champion.

“The students conducted themselves professionally, both on stage and off stage, and I am very proud of their success,” Greer said in an e-mail. “They represented their school, DD2 and the community as a whole very well during the entire trip(.)”

The students were recognized at Monday night’s board meeting. DuBose Middle eighth-graders set up camp a little early at the April 30 board meeting so they could play serenade board members and attendees.

The program has grown into the district’s three high schools and four of its middle schools and four of its elementary schools.

The DuBose’s steel drum students released a CD titled “Momentum” last year that went for sale on a number of online platforms; 167 DuBose students are credited for the music on the CD.

Greer’s steel drum program focuses on a variety of musical styles from Trinidad and Brazil, among other styles of steel drum music.