Afro-Cuban Taiko Project Music Outreach Tour

We are raising money for a music outreach tour in Miami, Florida.
Paul Okray
Marinette, Wisconsin
United States
1 Team Member
Our Story
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.
     ACTP 2013
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.
                  Drum made by the director
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.
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$8,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 1, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Cowbell Perk

    The cowbell keeps the group together. For $1 we send you a kickin' cowbell ringtone!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $5USD
    Gankogui (gone-ko-gee) Perk

    The Gankogui is a double bell used to keep the group in the groove. For $5 we send you a ringtone with 2x the amount of bells!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $15USD
    Kaganu Perk (ka-gahn)

    The Kaganu is a small Ewe drum that plays with the bells and keeps the groove join! We'll send you a hot drum and bell ringtone.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $25USD
    Shekere Perk

    The shekere is large gourd shaker we use when we play music from Ghana and the Carribean Islands. At the $25 level we will send you a ringtone of Cuban music.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $30USD
    Gahu Perk

    Gahu is a traditional dance of the Ewe people of Ghana. For $25 we send you a CD of some of the music we perform.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $45USD
    Kinka Perk

    Kinka is another traditional dance of the Ewe people of Ghana. For $45 dollars we will send you the CD and all the ringtones!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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