The University of Iowa Pan-American Steel Band will be performing for students at Storm Lake High School's annual Diversity Day on Thursday, Feb. 15. The day will culminate in workshops offered by members of the Steel Band.
The performance and workshops will help students develop an understanding of the various instruments and sounds of exotic cultures from around the world.
The Steel Band performs on steel drums, which are actually 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as a Caribbean sound. They characteristically play the infectious Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles, including arrangements of classical music.
The Pan-American Steel Band performance and workshop is made possible by the Alliant Energy Arts Outreach Initiative of the UI Arts Share program. The Alliant Energy-Arts Share partnership is dedicated to connecting artists and performers with thousands of children and other audiences in Iowa community schools and organizations.
To find out more about the UI Pan-American Steel Band performance and workshops, please contact Mike Hanna at Storm Lake High School at (712) 732-8065.
The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2000 Arts Share roster includes more than 70 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.
For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office, 2077 Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.