Document Type

Video Performance

Publication Date

12-5-2016

Abstract

The Ouachita Baptist University Steel Bands: Tiger Steel and Pan Jouvet.

Director: Ryan Lewis

Tiger Steel, the Advanced Steel Drum Ensemble, specializes in the performance of calypso and soca music from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago—the birthplace of steel drums—but also performs a wide variety of styles from jazz, pop, and rock to classical, funk, and Latin.

Founded in 2013, Tiger Steel is made up of undergraduate students from academic departments across campus and countries around the world. In addition to performing steel drum concerts on campus, in public schools, and at private events, members study the social, historical, and cultural context of the steel band, as well as musical aspects such as theory, improvisation, acoustics, arranging, and composing.

Pan Jouvet, the Beginning Steel Drum Ensemble, is open to all OBU students—no audition or musical experience is necessary. Pan Jouvet members learn basic pan playing techniques and study the music and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. After one semester of participation, Pan Jouvet members may audition for Tiger Steel or choose to continue performing in Pan Jouvet.

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