Founded in 1999 by Music teacher Paul Okray, the Afro-Cuban Taiko Project is an extracurricular music group composed of Middle and High School students of the School District of Marinette in Marinette, Wisconsin. We are affiliated with the school district, but do not receive any budgetary funds from the district, nor does the director receive any type of salary or compensation for his time running the group.
The group plays music from countries in Africa, such as Ghana and Zimbabwe, music of the Caribbean Islands, and Taiko music of Japan. It is a non-audition group which practices 3-4 times a month on Sundays for 3 hours at a time.
The Tour Campaign
This is a campaign to raise money to send the Afro-Cuban Taiko Project to Miami, FL. The group will be leaving on June 9th and returning to Wisconsin on June 15th. All funds raised that exceed our goal will be used in our initiative to promote life long learning through music. The exceeded funds will also help in making it possible that we won’t have to make dog treats or whoopie pies EVER AGAIN!!
What we do and how you can help
Every year ACTP embarks on a tour to entertain and educate audiences. On even years we tour in the Midwest and on odd years we take a more extensive trip to other parts of the country. (Possibly the world!) This year Miami was chosen for it’s particularly unique music culture from all over the Caribbean.
When we are on tour we never charge for our performances and workshops. They are always free to those participating and attending. Your contribution will allow us to continue giving free concerts and workshops to people wherever we go. Your contribution will also allow us to make more connections with communities to which we may be traveling in the future.
How your contribution is put into action
The contributions we collect will be going towards covering the transportation and lodging costs of our trip to Miami.
This includes airline tickets for the performers, rental of a vehicle to use in the Miami area when performing, rental of a vehicle to haul our instruments from Wisconsin to Florida and back, and 6 nights in a hotel.
Any funds raised beyond our goal will be used to further our mission of lifelong learning. One way of helping to complete this mission is the production and distribution of musical instruments.
The director, Paul Okray, has been making the instruments used by the group for the past 6 years. We are finally at the point at which ACTP can start giving handmade instruments to deserving participants of our workshops.