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WVU Steel Drum Ensemble To Perform at FSU

The West Virginia University Steel Drum Ensemble will bring the sounds of the islands to Frostburg State University on Friday, September 22. This performance, which is part of FSU's Parents' Weekend 2000 celebration, is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Lane Center's Multi-Use Room. It is free and open to the public.

Considered one of the best university steel bands in the nation, the WVU Steel Drum Ensemble recently performed at the Kennedy Center. The band, under the direction of Lisa Bays, is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, and is one of several world percussion ensembles at WVU. The "father of the steel drum," Ellie Mannette, came to WVU in the early 1990's to build the band's instruments with the assistance of the University Tuning Project. In 1995, the band presented a concert and historical timeline of the steel drum's development at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Audiences will be treated to the sounds of traditional calypso, samba, soca, reggae, bossa nova, cha cha arrangements and a panorama tune previously performed at a Trinidadian carnival. Dancing is encouraged!

For more information, call the Lane Center Information Desk at 301-687-4411. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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