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May 13, 2005

UI PanAmerican Steel Band Tours Iowa

The University of Iowa PanAmerican Steel Band is barnstorming Iowa for two weeks, beginning May 16, in a tour including school visits or public performances in Lake Mills, Forest City, Coralville, Davenport, Solon, Oxford, Letts, Stanwood, Lowden and Iowa City.

UI School of Music faculty member Dan Moore will lead a 10-member ensemble performing music from Cuba, China, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The music from China is the product of a visit to the UI by Jiao Shan Lin, professor of percussion at the China Conservatory of Music and the People's University for Nationalities in Beijing, who taught traditional and contemporary Chinese music to students in the ensemble.

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 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 the "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."

As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces."

In 1998 Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999.

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.

2005 UI PanAm Steel Band Tour

May 16 -- Lake Mills School

May 17 -- Forest City schools

May 18 -- Wickham Elementary, Coralville

May 19 -- Adams Elementary, Davenport; Lakeview Elementary Solon

May 20 -- St. Paul the Apostle High School, Davenport

May 23 -- Kent Park Summer Concert Series, Oxford

May 24 -- Louisa-Muscatine School, Letts

May 25 -- North Cedar School District, Stanwood and Lowden

May 26 -- Shimek Elementary, Iowa City

The tour is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program, which provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations.

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

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, 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: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu