Omaha Street Percussion, a creative drum corps, is bringing their beats to northwest Iowa on Wednesday, July 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Windmill Park in Orange City.
The energetic, engaging and definitely unexpected percussion show — the group performs solely on pots, pans, buckets, and trash cans! — is free and open to the public.
“We’re trained percussionists who played in high school and college, and we wanted to keep performing,” said Justin Fisher, director of Omaha Street Percussion. So they got together – bringing recycled “instruments” from thrift stores and kitchen cupboards – and became a band.
Inspired by Broadway-hits like STOMP and Blue Man Group, the seven-member group combines drums and dance to create an upbeat show guaranteed to get all ages clapping hands and shaking hips.
Audience interaction plays a key role in the experience.
“Expect to have a very energetic, rhythmic show that’s going to encourage the audience to participate. Whether it’s clapping or dancing, we get the audience involved. And we do a lot of different movements,” Fisher said. “We rarely stay in one spot — we run around a lot. We’re a little crazy.”
Actually, Omaha Street Percussion brings the art of percussion to the public in both performance and school workshop settings. Propelled by four principles — creative expression, mentorship, teamwork and cognitive thinking skills — the drum corps is intentional about creating meaningful and fun experiences.
“We started because we were trying to raise some extra cash for a friend of ours who was adopting a child from Korea,” Fisher said. “So we sat out buckets and played in downtown Omaha. From there we decided to keep it going… it turned into something we get to do almost any day. We’re excited to take the show on the road.”
Chris Sikkema, an Omaha Street Percussion member, originally from Hospers, graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High. When Steve Connell, director of the Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band at MOC-Floyd Valley, saw his former student perform with the group, he knew they would be a hit here.
The group frequently performs at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, whose spokesman has great things to say: “Omaha Street Percussion always puts on an exciting show for our guests at the Zoo… and for any kind of audience!”
Fisher said that he and his friends are excited about the group’s first show in Iowa.
The concert is part of Orange City Arts’ Onstage Orange City summer concert series. Come early for free watermelon and bottled water, courtesy of the evening’s sponsors, Fareway and Northwestern Bank.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the outdoor concert.
Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather or more information, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or call 712.707.4885.