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UAB Steel Band

The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) Steel Band was formed in 1999 as an extension of the university percussion ensemble class. The 10 person group usually performs with the percussion ensemble during the fall semester, but has recently started performing its own concert during the spring semester. The summer of 2005 saw the ensemble expand to an outreach group by performing many concerts throughout the Birmingham area - several country clubs, private parties, retirement communities, and even a high school band banquet.

UAB's instruments are made by Panyard and their instruments are tuned by Allan Coyle.  The Steelpan instrument was brought to UAB by Eric Hollenbeck, now at Colorado State University and previous Department Chair, Dr. Henry Panion, III.


On their upcoming concert, UAB will  use arrangements published by Panyard's Tony McCutchen, and Kenyon Williams.
 


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UAB Steel Band

November 17, UAB Percussion Ensemble, UAB Steel Band in Concert, Food Drive: "Beat the Hunger"


BIRMINGHAM, AL — The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Percussion Ensemble and UAB Steel Band will perform for a “Beat the Hunger” concert and food drive at 8 p.m., Thursday, November 17, in the Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Avenue South. Gene Fambrough, D.M.A., directs the ensemble. The ensembles are part of the UAB Department of Music.

The “Beat the Hunger” concert will feature three works performed by the UAB Percussion Ensemble and three works performed by the UAB Steel Band. Concertgoers are asked to bring non-perishable canned food items to donate to those in need during the upcoming holiday season.

The percussion ensemble selections are “Phase Dance” by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, “Scavenger Music,” a work by Christopher Deane utilizing “found” instruments and “Circadian Rhythms” by Carolyn Bremer, a successful female composer and faculty member at California State University Long Beach.

The steel band will perform “Mambo Mindoro” by Cal Tjader, “Both of Them” by The Mighty Sparrow, a famous Trinidadian pan composer and “Oye Como Va,” made famous by Carlos Santana
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Media Contact: Shannon Thomason 205-975-8858


   

 

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