This interactive performance explores the culture, customs and lifestyles of the Caribbean people through music, dance and storytelling. The program encourages student interaction through Call & Response songs, performing on rhythm instruments and practicing Calypso, Reggae and Soca dance styles. Each program is carefully tailored to the age of the audience. Mr. Mills will also demonstrate steel drumming techniques and explain how steel drums were used to communicate among members of repressed elements of a society where social gatherings were prohibited. The program will close with a Question & Answer session during which Mr. Mills will answer questions about the customs, practices and other elements of Caribbean culture.
Recording artist, writer and composer Mickey Mills is a featured performer in a number of documentaries explaining the history, playing techniques and musical applications of the steel drums. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mickey has performed concerts with the steel drums nationally and internationally. In addition to his appearances on stage with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, he performed in the off-Broadway show, The House of Flowers, and the television show, Matlock. He is also an approved artist in the Artists in the Schools programs for Orange, Durham and Mecklenburg Counties.