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Release: April 27, 2001

UI PanAmerican Steel Band will tour to Council Bluffs, Forest City and Lake Mills in May

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa PanAmerican Steel Band will tour to Council Bluffs, Forest City and Lake Mills in May, through the UI Arts Share program.

The tour will begin with a formal concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the new Southwest Iowa Performing Arts Center on the campus of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. For tickets -- $5 for the general public, $3 for students and free for IWCC students -- call (712) 366-3647.

The steel band will present a free Mother’s Day community concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13 in the band shell gazebo at the Forest City courthouse.

The tour will conclude with a free community performance at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Lake Mills School Gymnasium.

The all-ages show takes audiences on a tour of music from throughout the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Brazil.

The steel drums 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.

Starting as a single volunteer group in 1994, the UI steel band has grown to the point that the percussion area of the UI School of Music now maintains two complete steel bands. The PanAmerican Steel Band is led by UI Director of Percussion Studies Dan Moore. Moore and his ensemble have performed for hundreds of Iowa school children and communities through the UI Arts Share program.

UI Arts Share provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2000-2001 Arts Share roster includes more then 70 faculty and graduate students in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

Local sponsors of the Council Bluffs performance are the Southwest Iowa Regents Resource Center and the Iowa Western Community College Senate. The Forest City concert is sponsored by the Harson Trust Foundation, and the final concert is presented by the Lake Mills Schools.

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