Savion Glover finds talent at DC-CAPital Stars

Savion Glover might be tapping to some D.C. beats very soon.

The famous tapper was at the Kennedy Center Tuesday night to judge DC-CAPital Stars, a performing arts competition featuring students in the District of Columbia College Access Program.

He was so impressed with Kweku Sumbry’s drum skills that rather than critique the 16-year-old Duke Ellington School of the Arts junior, he asked about his availability. “I have a show coming up, and I need that. What are you doing in June?” asked Glover.

So it was no surprise when Leon Harris, emcee and ABC7 news anchor, announced that Sumbry’s drumming beat out the other eight finalists for the top prize of a $10,000 scholarship.

Glover was joined at the judges table by Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding and Patina Miller, Tony Award winner and soon-to-be “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” star.

“It’s all about inspiring our young people, we constantly need people telling them that they can do it,” Miller said when explaining her decision to judge the show. “If you tell them they can be great. They will be great.”

After the performance, everyone gathered for a reception where Glover and Sumbry spent a good portion of the night taking photos. When Glover was asked if the two had exchanged numbers, he said, “It’s done.”

Veronica Toney is a features digital editor and writer at The Washington Post.

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