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Dawn Batson
Dr. Dawn K. Batson

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2000:  Under the direction of Dr. Batson, the Florida Memorial Steel Ensemble by 1998 was invited to perform at the 2000 World Steelband Festival earned the honor of being the first ensemble outside of Trinidad & Tobago to win or tie for first place in a competition in the land of its birth. The Florida Memorial Steel Ensemble earned this honor performing Dr. Batson’s original work “Black Holes Do Exist”. Dr. Batson was also later appointed Chair of the Board of the Trinidad Tobago National Steel Orchestra by the President of Trinidad and Tobago providing additional recognition of her position as one of the world’s leading authorities on the steel pan. | see more |

   Listen to "Black Holes Do Exist" written and arranged by Dr. Dawn K. Batson. This piece won 1st place at the annual World Steel Band Festival in 2000. Performed by Florida Memorial University Steel Band.

   An exclusive When Steel Talks interview with Dr. Dawn K. Batson

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