“I thought it would be something musically and educationally worthwhile,” Mr. Paul says. “Everyone can do it. You don’t have to have any musical training. It’s something that can get anyone in school involved in music. It’s unique and the sound is enthralling, distinct.”
Mr. Paul has played the steel drums since 2003.
“The sound is just cool,” he says.
The instrument has grown in popularity at the high school over the last four years.
Mr. Paul teaches one Caribbean steel drum elective course at Fauquier High and about two after-school groups.
About 10 high school students involved in the course volunteered to help with this year’s summer camp.
The camp cost $75 per person. Proceeds benefit the FHS “Talons of Steel” pan programs.
Camp participants will hold a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at Fauquier High.
> Click below to watch video of students playing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”