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Sheltered Reality

April 15, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Loud music can be a parent's worst nightmare. The beating of cymbals and drums is enough to drive the calmest guardian hysterical. But stereotypes that accompany music no longer apply in reference to Sheltered Reality. By playing unique drumming rhythms, Sheltered Reality hopes to inspire youth to be all they can be and to make a difference in the world. The group will present a concert at 6:30 on May 2 at Elmwood Park.

"Sheltered Reality grew out of my desire to explore whether or not music could be used as a motivational tool through which audiences could be educated on problems that kids face and then be inspired to take action to help solve these problems," Sheltered Reality director Steve Schlosser said. "Sheltered Reality grew out of work for his dissertation in motivational education theory at the University of Iowa."

A typical show, features both original and choreographed cover songs.

Sheltered Reality is a nonprofit musical organization made up of people ages 6 to 18 from all over Iowa. The group is dedicated to helping all youth to have a good self esteem and a positive attitude toward life and faith. They combine high-energy music with an educational message to inspire the audience.

"Music has always been a motivational factor for me, and further, I know as a society we must take care of our young people as they are our future." Schlosser said. "We must do anything and everything we can to help them and moreover, to help other young people realize that they too can help their peers who need assistance in all kinds of ways."

Sheltered reality performed at the Reinbeck UMC last spring and they have been invited for another performance this spring on May 2. The church will provide a free picnic at the shelters by the playground starting at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30. Come, eat, play, listen, and be inspired.

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