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Published on November 24th, 2013 | by Ouachita Baptist University

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Ouachita to host Tiger Steel Drum Ensemble concert Dec. 4

Ouachita Baptist University will host the Tiger Steel Drum Ensemble’s first fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public. Tiger Steel, directed by Dr. Ryan Lewis, specializes in the performance of calypso and soca (soul/calypso) music from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago – the birthplace of steel drums – but also performs a wide variety of styles from jazz, pop and rock to classical, funk and Latin.

“Founded in 2013, Tiger Steel is made up of undergraduate students from departments across campus and countries around the world,” Lewis said. “Tiger Steel is open to all students on campus, which gives the ensemble a uniqueness and variety in musicians.” According to Lewis, “Tiger Steel is a unique ensemble for its commitment to community involvement. Each steel band member mentors a middle school student in the Clark County Boys and Girls Club Steel Band at Goza Middle School who perform beside their student mentors in mass steel band concerts each year.”

In addition to performing steel drum concerts on campus, in public schools and private events, members study the social, historical and cultural context of the instrument, as well as musical aspects such as theory, acoustics, tuning, arranging and composing, Lewis noted. The Dec. 4 program will include the calypso songs “Jump in the Line” and “Jamaican Farewell” made popular by singer Harry Belafonte, “Suzie” by Ray Holman and “Soca Tatie” by Byron Lee. They also will present the Latin-pop songs “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente, “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull and the anonymous steel band standard “El Montuno.” To add some variety, they also will perform “St. Thomas” by jazz legend Sonny Rollins and the classical piano piece “Gymnopedie No. 1″ by composer Erik Satie.

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