Thursday, May 22, 2014
On Saturday, May 10, the Lincoln Middle-High School (LMHS) steel band traveled to North Charleston where they performed with other local county steel bands in the 32nd annual North Charleston Fine Arts Festival. This Saturday evening event was the culmination of the nine-day celebration of art and culture sponsored by North Charleston's Cultural Art Department. Musical performances took place from 6-8 p.m., and all of the respective steel band members who participated were very successful.
Faculty members at Lincoln Middle-High School were extremely proud of their students in particular as they come from a smaller school and because they traveled such a long distance to participate in this event. Band director Ian MacMichael says about the performance, “The kids did a spectacular job. That was probably the largest audience they had ever played for and they rose to the challenge. All the steel drum bands from Dorchester, Berkley and Charleston counties were fantastic as well. The people that put this event together did great work.”
In the audience was also LMHS athletic director and teacher Mr. Rodney DeWitt who was very impressed with steel band members. Coach Dewitt addressed the entire faculty and student body on Monday morning by praising the steel band and exclaiming, “All of the tri-county steel bands performed well. There was a big crowd in attendance. Every band played what we may consider traditional steel band tunes. Our steel band did as well, but their third was piece was ‘Happy' by Pharrell. Such an energetic song and it brought the crowd to their feet dancing and clapping. That is something the Lincoln Band Steel drum director, Ian MacMichael, brings to the table, contemporary tunes the performers and audience really look forward to enjoy.”
Ultimately, the steel band performances, among other events throughout the nine-day celebration, provided an opportunity to not only empower adults in the community but to also highlight student talent. The students felt truly professional performing for such a large audience under the spotlight of a well-respected cultural event. Overall, the North Charleston Fine Arts Festival was a huge success and one that allowed local community musicians and artists to shine.
For more information regarding LMHS's music program, please contact instructor Ian MacMichael at 843-887-5028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.