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The Nelson family’s drum camp starts today

The mother, Terrion Nelson, is an accomplished singer while the father, Ray Nelson, played drums for the FAMU Marching 100; both are also longtime educators. Their three kids are achieving as well: Ray, II, a professional, college-educated drummer who recently returned from an Asian tour with Grammy-nominated  singer Kehlani; Reneir is a third-year student at FAMU, studying music, playing in the band and teaching at the drum camp; and Reche’, who studies dance with the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in New York City and will work in Los Angeles this summer. The family’s nonprofit, week-long Synergy Percussion Drumming Camp, starts today and ends Friday. Even if this camp is missed, the family’s story is compelling and their nonprofit has a simple mission: using music to inspire and teach students ages 8 to 18. Registration ends today at 10 a.m. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the fee is $150 per student, which includes daily breakfast and lunch, the camp uniform, classes, instruments and more–such as the rich history of a creative family that achieves and wants to share it with our community.