Liberty Junior Club Takes Drumming to a New Level

Liberty Junior Club Takes Drumming to a New Level
Posted on 03/30/2018
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Liberty Junior Drum Club at Great American BallparkAfter noticing a few students who used their pencils as drumsticks on their desks, Liberty Junior teacher Dave Schreier told them about a bucket drum performance he had seen. “I went out and picked up a couple of buckets and started messing around with it. After a few weeks, I brought it in and played some simple beats that took me weeks to learn. A couple of the kids picked the beat up in less than five minutes!”


Schreier and some of his students got together after school one day and played around with the buckets. From there, the Liberty Junior Bucket Drum Club was born. Schreier and a group of seven eighth grade students meet once a week for about 50 minutes after school to practice. Ethan Oyako explained that while they find some of their songs by watching YouTube videos, the group also works out different beats and strings them together to come up with their own.


No experience in drumming is necessary, as Schreier will attest to. While many of the members do have some experience with drumming, none of them had ever played a bucket drum before. Schreier is very proud of the group. “They have surpassed how good I thought we would be in such a short time.”


The LJS Bucket Drum Club is getting quite the reputation around Lakota. In addition to playing during their school lunch periods, the group has also played during halftime at a Lakota East basketball game, which was a favorite venue. “The fans were really lively,” said drummer Jamahal Boyd. “Even the fans who were our rivals...we got a standing ovation from everyone,” he continued.


This week, the club branched out, playing the red carpet at the Great American Ballpark for REDI Cincinnati. Bryson Blakenship said he “had a lot of fun watching people dance as they went by on the carpet.” One of the biggest moments came when the group had a surprise special guest join them. “(Philip Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds) sat down & (just) started playing with us!” Bryson explained.