Summerville High School to host Caribbean Night

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Summerville High School to host Caribbean Night

Steel drum students performing.

Steel drum students performing.

Mason Baird

Steel drum students performing.

Mason Baird

Mason Baird

Steel drum students performing.

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Caribbean night is going to be a festive night presented here at school with Caribbean food prepared and served by our culinary students, and Caribbean music from our steel band and the DuBose steel band from DuBose middle school.

Twin Summerville students Matthew and Ben Church are both in the Steel band and play the steel drum.

“We’ve been playing since 5th grade,” Ben said, “Our older brother played the steel drum and we thought it was fun. So we decided to play it too.”

Being in an activity with one of your siblings is bound to strike up a little healthy competition. It can also bring you closer.

“It’s been a little bit of both,” Matthew said “We’re competitive sometimes, especially playing the same instrument, and yeah, we’ve become closer too.”

Caribbean night is guaranteed to show off some of the diverse styles of Caribbean music.

“Each band is playing like two or three songs.” Matthew said. “We’re very excited for our featured guest Liam Teague.”

Liam Teague is a Trinidadian composer, steel pan performer, and a steel drum director and considered the best of the best. He’ll be the featuring artist of Caribbean night.

“We haven’t met him yet but he’s really good.” Matthew says, “He’s coming early next week. We’re playing two of his original songs, ‘We are Conquers’ and ‘Hands Like Lighting.’”

Caribbean night is expected to be really helpful for the culinary and band department. “Caribbean night is essentially a fundraiser.” Ben says, “The ticket proceeds are going to the steel band and culinary.”

The departments are hoping that the event will bring in enough money for some new opportunities and equipment. Caribbean night is April 3rd, 2019 in the culinary building here at SHS. It’ll be $15 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for kids (12 and under). Including in price will be Caribbean music and food. There will also be vegetarian options and a kid’s menu.

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