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August 9, 2013

Moving to the beat of their own drum

My son Charles is a member of Sheltered Reality, a national drumming group with sites in 11 states across the nation.

The mission of the group is not only to entertain with a mixture of upbeat and catchy music, but to share messages about believing in yourself, taking chances and never giving up.

Topics discussed in between playing songs during shows include personal empowerment, success at living out life dreams, and anti-bullying. This year’s focus is “being legit.”

The Frankfort site, thanks to Mary Kay Baker, is the only one in Indiana. Formed in 2010, we started with five drummers and now have 20.

On the last weekend in July, Frankfort hosted the 2013 Sheltered Reality Summer Drummer Bash. There were approximately 600 people in attendance at the outdoor show at St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

Along with practicing the songs together during a seven hour rehearsal on Saturday, the drummers, 93 of them from nine states, presented a two-hour show on Sunday, drumming and dancing away to “YMCA” and “Grease Lightning,” just to name a few.

But the best part about the weekend, according to my son, was the service work completed on Friday.

Because the founder of the group, Iowa native Steve Schlosser, wants the members to think beyond themselves, he places a great deal of importance on service work, touching lives in a hands-on way, and making the world a better place.

Charles and his group spent five hours weeding the grounds and washing windows at Parkview Home in Frankfort, while the other groups volunteered at nine other mission sights in Kokomo and Indianapolis. They all met back at TPA Park to collect and bag twigs and branches. In the process, they worked together for the common good, all the while making new friends, and enjoying life outside of themselves.

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