OK2Botay, which means “okay to dance,” is the our junior steel drum band for youth between the grades 6 and 12. While the level of committment and experience in OK2Botay is a little less than Bram Bratá, they are a remarkable group of young performers. OK2Botay is directed by Ben Legget, who arranges and writes music for the group.
Members are selected in an annual audition process, primarily from students who have taken our summer classes and want to continue playing. OK2Botay practices weekly and performs many times throughout the year. They have performed at the World Beat Festival in Salem, Oregon, in Leavenworth, Coeur d Alene and other venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.
OK2Botay has a great music set that gets their audiences dancing. Here are some of our current favorites:
- Hava Nagila (Hebrew folk song – totally danceable!)
- Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (Beatles)
- The Gallop from Orpheus and the Underworld (Offenbach)