What I Do: Zachary Gibson and Caleb Williams, both 12 

Carytown drummers

We found the cans, buckets in alleys … the garbage cans in the back of stores.



I like rap. I don't really like any bands.



There was a crowd one time that stayed a couple of minutes and danced. A guy one time came and played with us. He was pretty good. One guy came by with a banjo.



Sometimes people come over and say, "Can you drum a little lower?" One time one guy broke the [store] window and they thought it was us and they made us apologize, but it wasn't us.



[If people get mad] they just tell us to move … like now.



Police officer Joseph Majorher pulls up in his patrol car.



Officer Majorher: You have to find another spot.



I don't have a problem with them until somebody complains. Carytown is generally pretty tolerant. They're pretty good kids.



The boys cross to the other side of the street.



Gibson: I pretty much just want to make money. I save it. I buy clothes. Christmas, we shop all on Carytown. I buy presents for my mom. We went to the Compleat Gourmet and bought some cookies. At a VCU game somebody put a $20 in there. That was pretty good.



A car passes by.



Car passenger: Go home! Stop making noise.



A woman walks by and throws a dollar into the bucket.



Woman: That sounds great.



Gibson: One time someone tried to steal money from out of the bucket. Caleb caught him. He's the fastest one in the group, so he's the chaser.



— Interviewed by Carrie Nieman, Photographed by Stephen Salpukas.





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