Birch Creek’s Percussion and Steel Band Perform

On Monday morning, July 5, 38 talented young percussionists and 16 seasoned faculty members descended upon the Birch Creek campus to begin two-weeks of intense instruction, practice, and concerts in the Birch Creek Percussion & Steel Band Session.

On Friday, July 9 the faculty members of the session, under the direction of Al O’Conner, will perform in honor of Birch Creek’s co-founder, James Dutton. The performance, entitled “Caribbean Cruise,” will feature Leroy Anderson’s “Serenata,” an arrangement from the Jim Dutton orchestra book.

On Saturday, July 10, “Salsa and Other Hot Sauces” concert will take place. In the cleared area of the barn, concertgoers can dance to the Beatle’s “Day Tripper” as a Cha Cha and “How Insensitive” as a Bolero. The performance also features the Birch Creek tassa drum ensemble playing “Hands,” traditional street beats heard at festivals in Trinidad and Tobago, and a Birch Creek first: polka.

Birch Creek is located 3 miles east of Egg Harbor on County Highway E. Concerts begin at 8 pm in the Dutton Concert Barn, with pre-concert performances in the campus gazebo at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and $6 for children. For more information call 920.868.3763 or visit