World Beat is a group of 24 students from Myers-Wilkins Elementary School who create music in the drumming tradition of West Africa. The drummers are typically in grades 3–5 and meet once a week after school for rehearsals. Performances occur across the state, including gigs at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra concerts, Bayfield’s Summer (Mostly) Thursdays music series and local community events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. The drum leaders are music specialist Teri Akervik, second-grade teacher Michelle Bowker and AmeriCorps reading tutor Adam Metzer.
6pm Sun 4/26 | Teatro Zuccone