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This is the program from the Fall 2018 Steel Bands concert directed by Dr. Ryan Lewis and featuring OBU's Tiger Steel, Pan Jouvet, Pan Harmony, and Steel Kickin'.

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 pans—but also performs a wide variety of styles from jazz, pop, and rock to classical, funk, and Latin. In addition to performing steel drum concerts on campus, in public schools, and at private events, recent performances include Epcot Center at Disney World, the Arkansas Day of Percussion, and the Panorama Competition in Trinidad and Tobago.

Pan Harmony is an after-school community steel band for students at Peake Elementary School made possible by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and with assistance from Elizabeth Kelly, Johnathan Boyce, the Elrod Center, and the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation. Students receive homework help from OBU student volunteers, enjoy snacks donated from local agencies, and learn about respect, rhythm, improvisation, scales, music reading, and working together in harmony.

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.

Steel Kickin’ made its debut at the 2018 Faculty Staff Banquet and consists of OBU faculty and staff from academic and administrative departments across campus.


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