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St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band will perform at Penn State Beaver

2/27/2012 —

St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band will present a free concert open to the public, 5:15 p.m., Friday, March 16 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

St. Luke's Steel Drum Band was formed in 1999 when Father Victor Rogers and a group of supporters from New Haven's historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church purchased a set of used steel drums from a band in Brooklyn. Since then the group has attracted a dedicated membership of 25 players of all ages. Many of the members and/or their families are from the West Indies and natives of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago are represented in the ensemble.

Under the direction of coach and arranger Debby Teason and assistant director Donna Johnson, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band has gained a reputation as one of the country's most exciting performing ensembles. The band's achievements were recognized in 2003 when it received an Artist's Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. They've also won two gold medals at the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest in Virginia Beach.

In 2008 the band performed with tenor pan virtuoso Liam Teague for a standing-room-only crowd in New Haven. In April 2009 they were featured in a concert with the renowned Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra from Washington DC. After a highly successful performance in the Yale School of Music's Duke Ellington Concert Series with composer and performer Andy Akiho in April 2010, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band was invited back to perform again with Mr. Akiho in November 2010.

The program is presented by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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