Fun, music and a resonating message

Curt Nettinga of the Plainsman
Posted 8/29/23

Percussion group to perform free on Friday

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Fun, music and a resonating message


HURON — One of the free entertainment events at this year’s S.D. State Fair marks the return to the Fair City of the percussion group Sheltered Reality.

The group will perform three shows on the Farm Bureau/Dakotaland stage, on Friday, Sept. 1. Catch them at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 or 3 p.m. and be prepared to have fun!

“I started Sheltered Reality 27 years ago as a high energy drumline that performs routines I create set to recognizable music,” said creator and executive director Steve Schlosser. While most of the performers are elementary to high school age students, college students and adults are also part of the group.

“The purpose is not just entertainment but more importantly we see it as a way to help kids use their talents to promote goodness, positive choices, helping others, and doing our best to make the world a better place.”

The group has practice sites throughout the Midwest and hundreds of members overall. “Our drummers share the goals of (a) being the best you can be, (b) learning to work with others, (c) learning to help empower success in our audiences, and (d) learning to effect positive change in the world,” Schlosser said.

While Sheltered Reality is performing at the State Fair, they also do church shows, youth shows and several performances in schools throughout the year.

“We’ve performed in Huron many times but not since the pandemic and we look forward to returning to your town as well as the SD state fair next week,” Schlosser added.

Further information can be found on the group’s website: