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.”