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Clark Atlanta University

Emergent Business Enterprises: Steelbands in Educational, Religious and Community Institutions


April 17-19, 2008

Hosted by
The Economics Faculty of the School of Business Administration
In conjunction with
The Department of Music, Clark Atlanta University
And the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music


News Release



“Emergent Business Enterprises: Steelbands in Educational, Religious and Community Institutions” is a two-day interdisciplinary, international symposium of scholars and practitioners in the steelpan industry on issues related to the growth of steelbands in schools, churches and among community organizations. The symposium will be held in the Exhibition Hall of the Thomas D. Cole, Jr., Research Center for Science and Technology, Clark Atlanta University, April 18, 2008, preceded by an Opening Reception in the Clark Atlanta University Arts Galleries, Trevor Arnett Hall, from 7-9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17. The symposium also includes a Steelband Jamboree, featuring 12 invited steelbands (free and open to the public), on the James P. Brawley Promenade, from 5-9:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, and a Pan/Jazz concert with pan soloists Andy Narell, Earl Rodney and Nicholas Mohan, and Atlanta’s top jazz ensemble, the Rod Smith Quartet, hosted by radio personality, Siman Baby, in Davage Auditorium, Haven Warren Hall, from 8-11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

Symposium presenters include:
Orville Wright, Chair Performing Arts Department, University of Massachusetts, Boston,
“Arranging for the Steelband: Shortcomings of the G-pan.”

Janine Tiffe, Florida State University
“The Publication Business and Standardization of Steel Band Repertory in the United States.”

Jeff Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida State University
“The ‘Business’ of Steelband: Establishing a Fiscally Self-Sufficient Program in an Educational Setting.”

Ron Reid, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicologist
Berkeley School of Music, Tufts University
“'Why that tune?' Arrangers and their tune of choice for the Panorama Competition”

David Knapp, Leon County Schools, Tallahassee, Florida
“Philosophical Perspectives in Steelband Pedagogy.”

Travel and Hotel Information
American Airlines offers a 5% discount to symposium participants for travel to and from Atlanta from anywhere in the US, Canada or the Caribbean between April 14 and April 22. Also, Avis offers a discount on car rentals to symposium participants. For the promotion codes, phone or email Dr. Nyomba. Accommodation is be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Castleberry Inn, 186 Northside Drive, S.W., Atlanta, (walking distance from the campus,) at a nightly rate of $74.99 before taxes. Please phone the hotel directly at (404) 893-4663.

The registration fee is $50 for non-CAU professors and independent scholars, $25 for students, and $20 for student members of steelbands performing at the Steelband Jamboree. The fee for CAU faculty and staff is $ 25. There is no charge for AUC students. The fee covers the cost of the Opening Reception, breakfast and lunch during the symposium, and symposium materials. Payment should be made by money order or certified check, payable to Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Ajamu Nyomba
Clark Atlanta University
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 880-6286


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