Students in this FPA's Steel Band class focus on the development of musical and technical skills on a specific instrument through scales, and selected music literature. Through problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflection, students develop the physical and cognitive skills to be more disciplined performers. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.
The FPA Steel Band started in 2015 as the World Music Ensemble with three instruments. This year, we have completed the instrumentation for a complete Steel Band. We have received donations from Music Loves Ohio, Puffin Foundation West, Guitar Center and the Franklinton Arts District.
The group has played at many events in Columbus including King Arts Complex MLK Day Celebration, FamJam/Mayor's Block Party, the Hilltop Bean Dinner, COSI and many more. They have also traveled to Racine, Wisconsin to perform with the guest artist John Patti and the Angel Lawrie's Steel Angels, helping to raise $16,000 for a music therapy pan program. They performed for a Cincinnati Reds game for "Margaritaville Night" and performed along side the Bowling Green University and Ohio Northern University Steel Bands and guest artist Tracy Thornton.
Director of Development + Music Teacher
Sam McCoy has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University. He earned the Graduate Scholar Award in 2006, and has had private studies with Bill Goodwin, Matt Wilson, Joe Ong and Jane Varella.
Sam has been teaching and performing for over 20 years. He has performed with various jazz artists in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Ohio. While at William Paterson, he worked closely with jazz greats: Mulgrew Miller, Don Braden, Harold Mabern and many others. He was a house drummer for Premier Cruise Lines in 1999-2000. He has taught everything from marching drum lines to Jazz History. He teaches the World Percussion Ensemble at Franklinton Preparatory Academy and the Ohio Avenue Steel Band for Directions for Youth and Families. He has worked with many schools around Ohio as percussion instructor.
Feel free to contact me with any question you may have about the program or any opportunities you have in mind for our students.
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