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University of Iowa News Release

July 16, 2003

UI Arts Share Program Receives Grant For Forest City Performances

The University of Iowa Arts Share program has received $2,675 from the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation in Forest City to bring the UI's PanAmerican Steel Band to Forest City in the spring of 2004.

The grant will fund performances at Forest City Elementary, Forest City Middle School and Forest City High School, as well as a community performance.

The ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, UI associate professor of music and head of the percussion area in the School of Music. One of two steel band groups in the UI School of Music, the UI PanAmerican Steel Band performs throughout Iowa. The group consists of 15 players from the percussion area of the UI School of Music.

The group recently released their debut CD, "Everywhere Calypso."

The steel pans, or steel drums as they are variously known, 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. They characteristically play the infectious Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles -- even including arrangements of classical music.

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 and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd. and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region.

Last year, the Arts Share roster of touring artists included more than 70 faculty members, ensembles and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

For more information about Arts Share, contact program director Leslie Finer at 319-335-1618 or leslie-finer@uiowa.edu.

The School of Music and Arts Share are parts of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.