Sheltered Reality drumline forming location in Miller

Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

“Sheltered Reality” has made appearances in Miller, most recently at the Farm & Home Show. Now a move is underway to form a Sheltered Reality location in Miller.

At present, there are Sheltered Reality practice locations in 11 states, including three in South Dakota, in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown.

Saturday, Feb. 9, all interested persons (youth and adults) in the area are invited to the Miller Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m. The first hour, participants will practice. At 4:30 p.m., an informational meeting will be held for parents. Janelle Jessen is coordinating the meeting in Miller.

Founded in 1996, Sheltered Reality (SR) is a nonprofit musical organization whose performing membership spans all ages, with the majority between seven and 18 years of age.

SR believes that music can have meaning, yet be a “blast” at the same time. SR performances use the power of percussion set to music, as well as high-energy choreography, to engage and then motivate audiences to realize that any person, at any age in life, can dream and succeed.

Success is first demonstrated through audience drum lessons followed by one or more audience participation songs; these always prove to be fun for audience members of all ages. However, SR then uses stories of hardship and triumph, as well as a sequence of Steps of Success to teach personal empowerment, character building, and ultimately translate the drum-playing success into something much more important: success in changing the world, and especially advocating for youth in crisis…the ultimate mission of Sheltered Reality.

SR’s theme is based on personal success and success in helping others. There are numerous topics that can be covered, including anti-bullying, character education, drug and alcohol prevention, strong work ethic, personal self-confidence and living out the “life dream.”

For more information, check out the February 9 meeting at the Miller Baptist Church.