Transporting the McCallum Knights of Steel to a new level

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about my venture

The McCallum Knights of Steel are a high school steel drum band from Austin, Texas - part of a 15 year tradition of teaching steel drum music to high school students.  This December, the advanced band was invited to perform for the second time ever at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, a national band clinicians convention held annually.  McCallum Knights of Steel are part of a vibrant local community supporting steel pan music and education, and have performed with internationally renowned steel pan artists including Andy Narrell, Liam Teague, Darren Dyke, Ray Holman,and  Leon "Foster" Thomas.  This band recently performed with Andy Narrell, the Univ. Of Texas big band jazz band, the University of North Texas Steel Drum band, Mark Walker, Luis Conte, and The Relator at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin.  Andy Narrell commented that they play music well beyond most college programs!  
We are seeking support to transport the steel drums to & from Chicago that the students can perform on instruments tuned for them.  Please help these motivated students get to Chicago for this incredible opportunity!

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  • elevator pitch

    Need to rent a 24' box truck, and pay for gas, for a volunteer to drive the McCallum tuned steel drums 2,500 miles round trip from Austin to Chicago.

  • backer rewards

  • Handwritten thank you

    Get a handwritten thank you note from a McCallum Knights of Steel student musician.

    2 backers

    $10.00+ pledge
  • Listing in Knights of Steel programs

    The above, plus listing in the Knights of Steel programs

    4 backers

    $35.00+ pledge
  • Reserved Seating at a concert

    The above, plus Get 2 reserved seats at the May 24, 2013 Knights of Steel anniversary concert (date tentative)

    1 backers

    $100.00+ pledge
  • Knights of Steel t-shirt

    The above, plus one Knights of Steel t-shirt

    1 backers

    $200.00+ pledge
  • CD of Chicago Concert

    The above, plus a CD of the Midwest Clinic concert in Chicago

    0 backers

    $300.00+ pledge
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about entrepreneur

Shelly Van Dyke

Shelly Van Dyke is a parent volunteer in Austin, Texas who is passionate about children, public education, the value of fine arts in creating a whole-brain educational experience, and broadening access to growth opportunities for all students. Shelly is the mother of 3 young adults, and when not working, spends time volunteering with several non-profit organizations, including the McCallum High School Knights of Steel, Fine Arts Academy, and Band music programs.