Museum of Miniature Houses to feature steel drummer in Carmel

Andrew Moore, who will perform on Dec. 23 in Carmel. (Submitted photo)

Andrew Moore, who will perform on Dec. 23 in Carmel. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

When Andrew Moore got a call from Museum of Miniature Houses executive director Elaine Mancini about performing at the museum, he was intrigued.

“I thought it was a really cool looking place,” Moore said. “It think it will be (good) exposure for both sides.”

As part of the museum’s Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series, Moore will visit Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., Carmel at noon on Dec. 23.

The program will be called Holiday Jazz Tunes on Steel Drum.

Moore, 28, specializes in the steel pan, or drum, the instrument born in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

“I’ll play classic Christmas songs in a jazz style,” said Moore, who has made a recording of his Holiday Jazz Tunes. “I sing and play the instrument together.”

Moore said he will play songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

“This is a good month. I have a show almost every day,” Moore said.

Moore, a 28-year-old Indianapolis resident, will perform by himself. But he also serves as bandleader for Circle City Steel. It can be as large as seven-piece band for bigger audiences and some duos and trios. Moore, who has been playing the steel drum for five years, has been playing percussion since he was 9 years old.

Moore does a lot of music festivals, corporate events and nursing homes.

Mancini said she hopes the creativity and craftsmanship series brings newcomers to the museum.

“A lot of people when they hear Museum of Miniature Houses say, that’s not for me I’m not interested,” Mancini said. “But the whole museum is about creativity and craftsmanship so I bring poets, painters and short story writers, musicians, dulcimer players, all kinds of people to celebrate their craft and creativity. These are free. So when the audience has a reason to come in and while they are there, they of course look at the museum. Most of them have not been there before. So it opens up the museum to a much wider audience that we would normally have.”

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