STEEL DRUMMING AT THE APOLLO by Trish Marx

STEEL DRUMMING AT THE APOLLO

The Road to Super Top Dog
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Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. After introducing each of the seven members, most of whom perform on several instruments, Marx traces their course as they get together to rehearse, audition locally and then appear on stage for the “Apollo on Tour,” “Show-Off” and culminating “Top Dog” competitions. 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. No, they don’t win. But, packaged with a CD recording of the band’s signature song plus seven more cuts done by partial line-ups, this account of their efforts makes inspiring reading for young performers tempted to try for the limelight themselves. (CD) (Nonfiction. YA)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-60060-124-8
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2007




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