At the Riley School Alumni Family Campout Weekend Aug. 13, alumni and their families spread out across the campus to enjoy the sounds of steel drum band Pen Bay Pans. The steel band’s performance was held on the deck of the theatre while the campers watched, danced, and participated. Kyle von Neumann, director of the group of musicians, recently joined the faculty of the Riley School and will be incorporating steel drum playing within his music and cultural studies classrooms.

Riley School alumni listen to and dance to the music from Pen Bay Pans. Photo courtesy of Gillian Wood.


When asked what it means to see Riley School’s past, present, and even the future gathered all around her, Head of School, Rebecca Clapp said “This is a joyous use of our amazing campus that allowed us to recognize the strength of our community and the many and varied paths of our alumni. Tonight, we have graduates who have returned to the area, now enrolling their children, and serving on our Board; former students who immediately (and characteristically) jumped in to help care for the campus animals; current and former faculty; new families who came by to enroll; graduates off to Vassar and to Northeastern; this year’s graduates off to Watershed, Lincoln Academy, Medomack and Camden Hills. So many experiences, paths, perspectives, with a core shared value around respecting and trusting children as learners – and of one another as caretakers of our children, campus, and community.”

Ending the evening, though too cloudy to see, was the Perseids Meteor Shower, and the smiles and the sounds of laughter across campus.