This is a review of my program “Breathing Underwater: Drums, Songs & Stories about the Sea” written by a passionate young 7th grade writer named Matthew Connolly. Personally, I think he’s a genius! – Mark
“Drums, Songs And Stories: Mark Shepard”
by Matthew Connolly
From the moment I walked into the gym, to the moment I walked out, it was safe to say I, and the rest of the school were spellbound by the talent and enthusiasm of one amazing man: Mark Shepard.
This wonderful singer, drummer, and storyteller wowed students and teachers alike with a fun, amazing show that made me forget I was learning about ancient cultures and sea animals! First he told us the bittersweet tale of the Silky, followed by songs telling about sharks and a story song about a day at the pool. The whole school was tapping toes and singing.
Finally, with the interactive fable “Raven Stops The Rain” and the final song, “Sail Away,” Mr. Shepard did something no one else could achieve. He equally entertained every grade in the school (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Middletown, NY, K-8), and received loud applause.
Mark loves to read, and is talented as a drummer because he has practiced since he was a child.
He said, “Kids are fun, because even in the TV Age, they still enjoy the songs and stories I tell and sing about.” I can only hope that Mr. Shepard returns with more songs, drums and stories. Until then we can all take his advice, “Read a lot, learn a lot, and have a lot of fun!”