North Bend Eagle



Sheltered Reality to add boom to Old Settlers

published 6/18/08

North Bend will hear the Sheltered Reality percussionists long before they see them. The group will be performing in the Old Settlers parade and at 4 p.m. at the city park ball diamond (auditorium in case of rain).

“They are fantastic,” Jan Hobza said. She and husband, Rick, heard them at the Iowa State Fair. “They are so much fun to listen to and watch.”

Sheltered Reality performances use the power of percussion set to music, as well as high energy choreography, to engage and then motivate audiences to realize that all of us, at any age in life, can dream and succeed.

Founded in 1997, Sheltered Reality is a nonprofit musical organization whose performing membership spans all ages (currently as young as 6 and as old as 82). However, the majority of the members are youth aged 7-18 who come from practice sites located throughout the Midwest.

Sheltered Reality’s mission statement says the group employs the power of music to engage and motivate audiences to make positive changes both in themselves and the world in which they live. Sheltered Reality believes that Music can have Meaning, yet be a blast at the same time.

Sheltered Reality 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 helping advocate for youth in crisis...the ultimate mission of Sheltered Reality.

Success is demonstrated through audience drum lessons followed by one or more audience participation songs, which usually prove to be fun for audience members of all ages.

Sheltered Reality was founded in Burlington, Iowa. Members performed at 398 venues in 2007, including 128 community festivals, 83 schools, as well as churches, youth gatherings, benefits and sporting events.
Most of the performers at Old Settlers will be coming from the Fremont, Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.

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