Steely Pan Steel Band Fall Concert {FREE Admission}

Under Steve Barnhart’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 22 Appalachian students performing 41 steel drums and other percussion instruments. It performs often, not only at Appalachian but also at schools and arts festival around the state. The program draws from a variety of genres, including rock-influenced tunes (“Reptilia”), classical favorites arranged for steel drums (“Sabre Dance”), and movie soundtracks (“Under the Sea” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”).

To learn more about Steely Pan and to hear some of their music, visit https://steelband.appstate.edu/

Appalachian’s Steely Pan Steel Band to perform March 26 in the Schaefer Center

Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 3 p.m. March 26 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.

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The program will boast a wide range of styles, from rock to opera. It will consist of music originally written or arranged for steel band. Hedgepeth is an adjunct instructor of percussion at Appalachian.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 22 Appalachian students performing 41 steel drums and other percussion instruments. It performs often, not only at Appalachian but also at schools and arts festival around the state.

Among the selections will be Len “Boogsie” Sharpe’s “Birthday Party”; Roy Holman’s “My Band”; “Reptilia” by Julian Casablancas/The Strokes; and “Under the Sea,” which was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Hedgepeth also has programmed Phil Hawkins’ “Cha Cha Sandwich,” which will feature a solo by vibraphonist Miranda Stone of Garner. Other pieces to be played include Aldwyn Roberts’ “Pan in A Minor”; Ellie Mannette’s “My Paradise”; and “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” a traditional steel band number.

The program will conclude with Alphonsus Cassell’s “Hot Hot Hot.”

High Country Weekend Family Events October 21-23, 2016

The High Country will be getting a taste of winter this weekend. Bundle up and enjoy getting lost in a corn maze. It’s just one of many memories to be made this weekend. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun!

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October 21:

1. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

  • Ghostbusters at App State’s SuperCinema – 7:00pm and 9:30pm ($1 per ticket if purchased in advanced or $2 at the door)

3. Appalachian State Homecoming Parade – 6:00pm Pack up the family and head over to enjoy the 2016 Appalachian State University Homecoming Parade. The parade will take place at 6:00 p.m. The parade will travel through the campus of ASU and along King Street in downtown Boone.

4. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 6 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

5. Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad – 7:30 pm Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return this weekend. With a variety of things to see and do, Ghost Train offers safe Halloween fun and adventure for the whole family.

6. Steely Pan Steel Band in Concert {Free} – 8:00pm Concert goers will be treated to compositions from Trinidad’s Panorama competition and local fan favorites as well. Director Byron Hedgepeth said, “We are adding some Panorama tunes that haven’t been performed for a few years and three songs written or arranged by former members of the band.” The lively “Birthday Party” by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe opens the performance. Sharpe was considered a child prodigy of the steel pan. Written in 1992, “Birthday Party” won second place in a Panorama competition. Arrangements of “Glory,” “Under the Sea” and “Whey de Pan Man” by former Steely Pan director Scott Meister also will be performed. Jonathan Scales’ arrangement of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Disney cartoon “The Lion King” also is on the program.

October 22:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market – Join the market from 8am to noon. Join in the market fun every Saturday morning through November. In addition to the areas best selection of local produce, foods, and crafts, we also have live music, cooking demos, children’s activities, and the unbeatable community atmosphere that has made us “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!”

2. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

3. Family Movies {Now Playing}

  • Ghostbusters at App State’s SuperCinema – 7:00pm and 9:30pm ($1 per ticket if purchased in advanced or $2 at the door)

4. Michaels Craft Store – Kids Club® Yarn Ghosts – 10:00am-12:00pm: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

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Kids Club Yarn Ghost – October Kids Club

5. Appalachian State Homecoming Game – Mountaineers vs. Idaho Vandals: Kick-off at 3:30pm

6. Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad – 7:30 pm Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return this weekend. With a variety of things to see and do, Ghost Train offers safe Halloween fun and adventure for the whole family.

October 23:

1. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

2. Sunday Concert atop Beech Mountain – Every Sunday in October from 6-9 pm. Serenaded by local Blues and Jazz artists Shane Chalke and BE Jazz at the Alpen Restaurant, located within the Beech Alpen Inn. The Alpen Inn concerts are open to the public and are always FREE of charge! Don’t hesitate to give us a call in the Visitor Center at 1-800-468-5506 formore information.

Location Alpen Restaurant at Beech Alpen Inn
Address: 700 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604

 

 

The Steely Pan Steel Band in Concert {Free}

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Families, mark your calendars for an amazing family concert. The Steely Pan Steel Band ® from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will be having a free concert on October 21, 2016 at 8:00p.m.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 22 performers and 41 steel drums, including drumset and percussion. The ensemble has gained quite a reputation performing at universities, art festivals and all types of schools throughout the south for over 25 years. This ensemble performs a variety of music from traditional soca/calypsos, to classical, rock and roll, and even traditional Appalachian Mountain music.

Byron Hedgepeth has been directing this dynamic ensemble since 2014. He is well known in the western North Carolina region and the southeast as a percussionist, performer, and educator of Jazz, Latin and Classical genres.

Concert goers will be treated to compositions from Trinidad’s Panorama competition and local fan favorites as well.

Director Byron Hedgepeth said, “We are adding some Panorama tunes that haven’t been performed for a few years and three songs written or arranged by former members of the band.”

The lively “Birthday Party” by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe opens the performance. Sharpe was considered a child prodigy of the steel pan. Written in 1992, “Birthday Party” won second place in a Panorama competition. Arrangements of “Glory,” “Under the Sea” and “Whey de Pan Man” by former Steely Pan director Scott Meister also will be performed.

Jonathan Scales’ arrangement of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Disney cartoon “The Lion King” also is on the program. Scales, an alumnus of the band and Appalachian, is a successful steel pan performer and composer based in Asheville. The band will perform a version of “Reptilia” by the rock band The Strokes, arranged by steel pan band member and Hayes School of Music senior Jonathon Sale. Sale is this year’s recipient of the Steely Pan Steel Band Scholarship.

Other compositions on the program are the traditional pan tune “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Pan2” by Appalachian alumnus and Los Angeles-based percussionist Chris Wabich and “My Paradise” by Ellie Mannette, who is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”