CHISHOLM – An Iowa-based drumming group of 20 musicians named Sheltered Reality are scheduled to make their debut at the Land of the Loon parade and Festival this Saturday in Virginia.

Now in its 23rd year, Sheltered Reality is a non-profit musical group that motivates others to “simply be good people,” said founder Steve Schlosser. “Our focus is anti-bullying and why we need to be respectful to each other and be caring and compassionate.”

Last year, the musicians performed more than 400 shows across the U.S. They have done over 90 this year. Of their 11 practice sites, the group boasts four sites in Minnesota, including a newly established one in Chisholm where they hope to be once every four to six weeks. They plan on establishing practice times using training devices, videos and DVDs.

This past winter, Sheltered Reality performed for students at Chisholm High School. Kim Yuretich, a math teacher and REACH instructor at CHS is the site coordinator who found the performance entertaining enough to start working with Schlosser to start up the practice site. “I found the performance and the message to be phenomenal — the best school assembly I have seen in a long time,” Yuretich said.

With the Chisholm site up and running, Schlosser hopes to start up other practice sites in the region.

“The folks from the entire Iron Range have been the nicest people we’ve ever talked to — we’re excited to get them started on a drum lesson, ‘to change the world,” Schlosser said.

The Sheltered Reality site in Chisholm is open to anyone ages seven to adult. The group is already scheduled to perform in the Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days parade and festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, in Chisholm.

More information is available on their website at sheltered-reality.org.

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