For three of Delray’s talented youth, that day apparently was June 27, 2012. It was the day that Dia, Madison, and Ian, a trio of percussionists from the Beat Farm at Arts Garage, took to the streets clad in orange to perform for the Travel Channel / USA Today “Best Small Town In America” event. Though I couldn’t get through the clamoring crowds, all looking to get close to these newfound superstars, I was able to get a few words in with them the following week in Worthing Park, the place where it all began.
Pineapple: So, you guys put on a great performance last week. What have you been up to since? Orange Drummers: (Dia) – Aside from the movie offers? Pineapple: You’ve had movie offers? How many? Orange Drummers: (Dia) – Well, if you count the one from the kid with the iPhone, one, but we know that will lead to bigger things. Pineapple: Great! So lets go back to the beginning, how did you guys get together? Orange Drummers: (Ian) – Well, we go to school together and have been drumming together on various projects there for a year or so now. Pineapple: What school? Orange Drummers: (Dia) – We’d rather not say. We’re still hoping to live somewhat of a normal life, in spite of our fame. Pineapple: Got it! No school. So when did you get together to put on this show? How long did you have to practice to achieve the timing and precision? Orange Drummers: (Madison) – The week of. We are last minute people. Orange Drummers: (Ian) – Actually, our instructor is a last minute person!
Pineapple: Now wait a minute, It’s not that he’s a last minute person; he just has to establish the right mood! Orange Drummers: (Madison) – What mood is that, last minute panic?
Pineapple: Ok, well enough about your instructor! (Although I am sure he’s amazing, super talented, well read, and an inspiration to musicians everywhere.) Orange Drummers: (Dia) – Right, right. Anyhow, back to us. Pineapple: Ok, then, Dia, the question for you is: you are a young girl playing an instrument usually played by boys, how has that been for you? Orange Drummers: (Dia) – Easy, because I’m amazing. At least that’s what the press reviews said. Pineapple: What press reviews? Orange Drummers: (Dia) – They were there. Trust me. In the New York Times and Variety (that’s in LA). Pineapple: Umm… ok, I’ll look those up. So guys, tell me about the experience. How did it feel to perform for all of those people? Orange Drummers: (Madison) – It was great! There was a lot of pressure, though because we were drumming on random stuff. Orange Drummers: (Ian) – Yeah, you never know who’s going to be sitting on the bench you want to drum on, or throwing trash in the garbage can you need to turn over. Pineapple: What do you do when that happens? Orange Drummers: (Madison) – Well, you pull the bag out and hope that no one was a slob and put liquid in the bag or missed the bag entirely. But we need the trash cans for the bass. And if there are people on the bench, we drum on the bench, the people usually move, and if not, we’ve found that their heads make great bongos. Orange Drummers: (Dia) – I find the adoring fans to be the toughest part. Everyone wants to get close to you while your performing, snap pictures and get video or whatever. Now I know what Justin Beiber must feel like. Someone walks by, waves, and says hello Orange Drummers: (Dia) – See what I mean?!? We can’t get a moments peace!!! Pineapple: Actually, I think they were waving to me. Orange Drummers: (Dia) – Whatever, he was playing it off. Pineapple: If you say so. Ian, you seem like the quiet strength of the group, the leader that holds these guys together. Is it difficult to lead these guys through the rehearsals and performances? Orange Drummers: (Ian) – These guys can be a little difficult at times, but I had a great role model who passed the torch to me. Zach Rosson was a founding member of the group and he showed me how to do this gig! I just hope I can continue his legacy! Orange Drummers: (Madison) – Zach was a great dude! But he left the big time for the normal life of a college kid. Orange Drummers: (Dia) – He’s lucky that he got out when he did. He will be able to go to college without the hampering of news media and paparazzi, which I am sure awaits us. Pineapple: So what’s next for you guys? Orange Drummers: (Ian) – I believe we’ve been tapped to perform at the Leadership Delray graduation, then I think we are going to take some time off and practice and evaluate the next step. Orange Drummers: (Dia) – He means evaluate offers! Pineapple: Of course he does. Catch these Orange Kids and other ensembles from Arts Garage Performing Arts Academy all over Delray Beach! For more information and to find out how you can be a part of one of our ensembles, visit www.artsgarage.org. Drew Tucker Is the Artistic Director of Arts Garage Performing Arts Academy and their Education and Outreach Coordinator. Contact him at Drew@artsgarage.org