Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, was referenced by the News & Record in an article about the public debut of a percussion group at a Teens Downtown event called “Amateur Night at the Apollo.” Alexander helped UNCG sponsor this event  along with the Community Theatre Of Greensboro (CTG).

Teens Downtown is a program that CTG started after fights last summer prompted a downtown curfew for teens, but also spurred efforts to offer fun and safe activities. CTG partners in Teens Downtown with UNCG, local churches and businesses to provide social, educational and performing arts opportunities. Black Professionals of North Carolina, an employee resource group, raised money to support Teens Downtown with the help of United Guaranty employees.

Alexander helped the percussion class take root at a fall Teens Downtown event when he met CTG director Mitchel Sommers, as the N&R noted. He also spoke to Neeraj Mehta, who teaches percussion at UNCG, about the possibilities of a partnership. Mehta made reference of this conversation when he said that “we [Alexander and himself] agree how great it would be to have more connection between the teens there and UNCG. We thought some sort of drumming program would be a way to do that.”

The Teens Downtown “Amateur Night at the Apollo” took place on March 2 at 6pm at the Starr Theatre, which is 520 Elm Street. The admission price was $2 at the door. For more information on the Community Theatre of Greensboro, visit or call (336) 333- 7470.