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Published on April 13th, 2016 | by www.statepress.com

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Pan Devils Steel Band to perform with world-class composer Liam Teague

The steel drum is good for a lot more than just cruise line commercials and poolside ambient music, and this week a group of student musicians is out to prove it. On Wednesday night, the ASU Pan Devils Steel Band will present a steel drum concert that mixes classical Trinidadian music with contemporary songs. The 20-student group will collaborate with world-renowned performer and composer Liam Teague to present a selection of his original works, plus a collection of mainstream hits ranging from Bob Marley to “Uptown Funk.

Alex Fragiskatos, a doctoral student majoring in percussion, is the director of the Pan Devils Steel Band. He said the band’s concerts are much more lively than a typical university performance. “Most of our stuff is upbeat, and the concerts aren’t like an orchestra concert,” Fragiskatos said. “People get up and dance. During the last concert we had, there was a conga line going in the concert hall. We usually perform music that’s pretty uplifting, upbeat and exciting.”

The steel drum band was founded in 1991 and is now a one-credit class that meets twice a week, with one showcase concert a semester. It also performs occasionally at several other venues around the community, including events at First Friday and the Musical Instrument Museum. Fragiskatos said the highlight of this semester’s cumulative concert has been the chance to bring in Teague, who is not only a native of Trinidad and Tobago but an international performer and a music professor at Northern Illinois University. Fragiskatos compared Teague’s mastery of the steel drum to how Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello, or how Itzhak Perlman plays the violin.

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