By all accounts, there was much rejoicing. Friends were made. Stories were shared. Lives were changed. Memories were stored away.
It doesn’t get much better than the good folks from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota, Missouri, and Iowa helping out the good folks living in Indiana.
And it probably didn’t get much better for Schlosser in 1996 when he had an idea while in graduate school at the University of Iowa that drumming could be used to change lives and empower people.
“I had hooked up with a great professor and she and I talked about intrinsic motivation, and how emotions play a part in motivating all of us to act or to not act,” Schlosser said. “As we talked about this I told her music is so very motivational and emotional to me, and I wanted to see if it could be a tool to motivate people to become involved in helping people.”
Schlosser added that the importance of the mission component is two-fold. “If we are going to be motivating the audience to go and help others, we need to lead by example. It is also my way of trying to keep all of our egos in check. The performance is the side benefit!”
Schlosser never finished work on that dissertation part of his PhD research. Instead, he left the world of academia, believed in himself, and took a chance. And 17 years later, Schlosser’s idea continues to be a reality. Sheltered Reality to be exact, a place where all are accepted and where all are offered encouragement.
I have probably attended 20 shows since my son joined Sheltered Reality.
And each and every time, I continue to be amazed at how two drumsticks in the hands of one person can make a difference.
Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com.