The concert, which will adopt an environmental theme, is slated for today Thursday 21st June, 2012, at the Old Boys School on Victoria Road.
Heartbeat will showcase the talent of primary school students, but as customary there will be an added element.
Even though the emphasis will be on the drums, organizers will try to have a subtitle that is very important, that people can relate to. It will speak to the children so that they can understand as well, so that as they drum they can think on these issues.
Phipps who is a Drumming Specialist at the Department of Culture in St. Kitts and Nevis said that “This is the 12th year we are having Heart Beat,”
The Drumming Specialist has found an interesting way to do this. “We plan to bring the environmental message across quite clearly,” Mr. Phipps noted. “So before some of the presentations, representatives working in different sectors of the environment will talk about ways in which we can protect and conserve where we live – then we will come in with the drums.”
The décor of the venue is another aspect that has attracted spectators to Heat Beat. As customary, Mr. Phipps will set the mood for the staging of the drumming extravaganza by changing the look of the venue. This year, the former Boys School will be transformed and recycled material will play a prominent role to go along with the theme.
The efforts of Mr. Phipps have borne fruit in that he has seen several of his students join the drum corps of the Okolo Tegremantine Dance Theatre, become drummers in their churches and perform at talent shows. He explained that its makes him proud to see how they have blossomed remembering their timid beginnings. Discipline was described as one important attribute that can be derived from drumming and music in general, that can be applied to all aspects of life.