UA Steel Bands Fall Concert

The University of Arizona Steel Band program comprises two steel bands, with the top group, UA Steel, performing around Arizona. Josh Armstrong, doctoral graduate teaching assistant at the UA School of Music, is in his second year directing the UA Steel Band program. Founded in 1987, the program has been an influential group for the Steel Band Movement both in Arizona and the United States since that time.

This concert will feature a wide range of music, from traditional Trinidadian steel band music to transcriptions of modern pop and jazz tunes, as well as the world premier of "Danza Para El Sol" by Rob McClure, a steel band piece commissioned by Armstrong and the UA Steel Bands.

The band's latest CD, "Panstraction, " is available for $10 at all UA Steel events or by contacting Armstrong at, or Norman Weinberg at

UA Steel is dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the steel pan art form. The band plays many styles of music, several with Caribbean roots of soca, calypso and reggae as well as classical, contemporary jazz, pop, and whatever music the members think should be interpreted by the steel pan.

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