Peyton Bailey

Peyton BaileyWhat is your role at GYA?

My role is to run the One Sound program underneath the GYA umbrella of programs. One Sound specializes in the art of steel drums as it pertains to performance, music theory and arrangements.

Why do you do what you do?

I have been exposed to music and art my entire childhood. When I was introduced to steel drums and African drumming, I immediately fell in love with it. I enjoy performing as well as sharing the gift with youth so they too can share my love of the instrument.

What is your experience?

I have been learning and performing the art of steel pans and African drumming since I was in middle school. I started off in the Urban Arts Center in Portsmouth, then went on to join the DC Pan Jammers while I was in college. I have had the opportunity to perform at DC Carnival, NYC Carnival and, most recently, the International Pan Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

What are your qualifications?

Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

15 years experience performing steel pans and African drumming (5 years performing on a professional level)

7 years teaching steel pan and African drumming classes

What is your favorite…?

Meal: Italian food, Mexican food and crabs

Book: Tears of a Tiger and Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper. I also like Harry Potter 🙂

Movie: Matchstick Men

Car: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Animal: I am a dog lover

Ice cream: Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey

Job (other than youth worker): Health and PE Teacher

Youth Work Memory: Arranging and teaching steel pan music for the band students at Cradock Middle School and watching them perform it for the student body for the Winter Holiday show