10-year-old drummer rallies York community for help – York Daily Record/Sunday News
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Most kids spend their summer vacations hanging out by the pool or at summer camp – not earning money on street corners.
But after a rainstorm damaged 10-year-old Na-Jeeb Moore Jr.’s drum set earlier this summer, that’s exactly what he decided to do.
Na-Jeeb, who goes by the nickname Junior, had been teaching himself to play the drums for the last few months. He started out with a drum set he made himself out of tin cans, hubcaps and buckets until his aunt bought him a real one of his own.
When it broke, Junior knew he couldn’t afford a new one. He’d need about $600, he said.
“I didn’t have enough money at that point,” he said. “I would have to wait a long time.”
So, inspired by some bucket drummers he saw on YouTube, he set up his homemade drums on a street corner near his York home and started playing for tips.
Outside of Central Market York, 10-year-old Na-Jeeb Moore Jr. plays drums, looking to raise money for a new set.
“I was sitting here listening to him tap,” Junior’s dad, Na-Jeeb Moore Sr., said. “I wasn’t paying him no mind because he was away from the house. And, random cars kept stopping saying, ‘Keep it up. Good work.’”
That day, Junior made $40.
Family members began posting Facebook Live videos of Junior drumming on the corner, and soon, he was receiving offers from people who wanted to help him reach his goal.
The William Penn Bearcats football coach invited Junior to earn some money by entertaining the team at practice and their first home game. And several others offered to give him a drum set.
Junior said he plans to donate any extra drum sets he receives to the Shine Foundation so other kids can learn to play the drums, too. He might even start his own foundation called Play It Straight to teach kids and adults to play the drums.
Junior also plans to donate any leftover money he makes as a pop-up drummer to a charity for Down syndrome in honor of his cousin.
As of Friday, he had made about $220 drumming at football practice, in his neighborhood and at Central Market in downtown York.
“This boy started a movement with his drumming, and I’m just proud of him,” his dad said.
Junior plans to continue playing the drums around town and raising money for charity.
“I want to let (people) know that I’m working hard towards my goal, and that you can work hard, too,” Junior said.
Also of interest, check out these photos from Central York High School’s band camp: