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June 27, 2008

July 1 Steel Pan concert sends a message: 'The arts are alive and well at the UI'

The University of Iowa arts campus may have been damaged by the floods, but the artists and their artistry are as strong as ever.

To affirm that point, and to bring some joy into downtown Iowa City, members of the UI PanAmerican Steel Band, directed by Professor Dan Moore (photo, right) from the School of Music, will perform a free lunchtime concert from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, on the Pedestrian Mall Fountain Stage.

"We are taking this opportunity to show that the arts are alive and well at the University of Iowa," Moore said. "The arts campus has taken a hit, but our students, faculty and staff are what make the university. The buildings don't define us, we define the buildings."

The program will be chosen from the repertoire of the band, which includes Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles.

The steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and is the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century, roughly around the time of World War II. They are built from 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments. These tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as a Caribbean sound.

The UI PanAmerican Steel Band has released two CDs: "Everywhere Calypso" (2002) and "Noise Brigade" (2007).

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist." He joined the UI music faculty in 1996 as only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI. For more information see

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office) 319-541-2846 (cell),