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Clark Atlanta University


  Emergent Business Enterprises: Steelbands in Educational,

Religious and Community Institutions


The Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, School of Business Administration and the Department of Music, School of Arts and Sciences, Clark Atlanta University, in conjunction with the Department of Music, University of Georgia, is requesting proposals for a symposium: Emergent Business Enterprises: Steelbands in Educational, Religious and Community Institutions, to be held at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, April 17-19, 2008. 

The Emergent Business Enterprises Symposium is an excellent opportunity for steel drum bands in educational institutions (elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities,) churches and community organizations to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others.  We are particularly interested in papers presentations by steel drum band directors and by student members of steelbands.  In addition, 12 school steelbands will be invited to perform at the Symposium Panorama.  There will also be a tuning clinic by Trinidad panmaker, Roland Harrigin, who will discuss the new addition to the pan family, the G-pan.  Other highlights of the symposium include the keynote address by Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool and the Saturday evening pan/jazz concert featuring top pan soloists  Earl Rodney, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Andy Narrell and Nicholas Mohan.

For each individual paper or proposed panel discussion submit a one-page abstract indicating the title and thesis of the paper or panel.  Abstracts should include name(s), mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and steelband affiliation of the presenter or panel chair.  Steelbands interested in performing should send a CD of their music and a one page description of the history and activities of the band, contact information and web site.


Possible topics include:

Starting and Maintaining a Steelband

The Business of Steelbands

Funding and other Resources for Steelbands

Arranging for Steelbands

Networking Among School Steelbands

Procuring Instruments and Accessories for Steelbands

Designing Courses for Steel Drum Programs

Gigging In-between Classes


Abstracts are due November 16, 2007.  Please submit to:

Dr. Ajamu Nyomba, Chair

Pan in Education Symposium

Clark Atlanta University

223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30314



The registration fee for the symposium is $50 (US) for professors and independent scholars, $25 (US) for students, and $20 (US) for student members of steelbands selected to perform at the symposium.  The registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast and lunch during the symposium as well as symposium materials.



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