Steel Drumming At the Apollo

Lee & Low

This 56-page book tells the story of seven exceptionally talented teen musicians from Schenectady, NY, who come together to compete on Amateur Night at the world-famous Apollo Theater. The reader hears in the boys’ own words how the passion for music kindled in each one in childhood, how it fuels their present, and will shape their futures. Readers can hear their music, too, in the CD that comes with the book. The CD includes the song they played onstage at the Apollo plus a track of original music from each musician in the band. This book was done in collaboration with children’s book author Trish Marx.

From Kirkus Reviews
“What does it take to play Amateur Night at the renowned Apollo Theater? Here readers can find out in the company of a steel-drum band formed by a group of Schenectady teens… Along with individual close-up portraits of the graceful, good-looking young musicians and glimpses of the Apollo’s backstage area, the clear color photos expertly capture the band’s look and energetic vibe… this account of their efforts makes inspiring reading for young performers tempted to try for the limelight themselves.”

Paperback $13.95; available through the publisher Lee and Low and

Available from the author

Hardcover $15; not including tax and shipping

Signed copy, if requested

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Hardcover includes CD Recording (recording has 8 tracks; one original from each member of the band plus their signature song played at the Apollo)