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Release: Jan. 26, 2001

UI Pan American Steel Band performs in Target Community Concert Series Feb. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Pan-American Steel Band will present "A World of Percussion" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall. The performance is part of the Target Community Concert Series, presented by the UI Division of Performing Arts and the UI Arts Share program.

The all-ages show, which is free to children and senior citizens, takes audiences on a tour of percussion-based music and instruments from around the world -- Africa, Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. The presentation will give insights into music from other cultures. A $1 donation is suggested for adults to benefit the UI Percussion Program.

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 Pan American 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.

Arts Share and Target began a partnership in 1995 designed to sponsor field trips, dance workshops and performances for children in Iowa community schools. The 2001 Target Community Concert Series will also include performances by UI Dancers In Company on March 3; the Iowa Brass Quintet on March 25 and WIZARDS! A Double Reed Ensemble on March 31.

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

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To learn more about the Target Community Concerts Series, contact Arts Share at (319) 335-1618 or e-mail at