UA Steel Bands
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004
General Admission $5
Fine Arts Box Office
This year the University of Arizona Steel Band is proud to celebrate its 25th year of performing. The ensemble will present its fall program, “Steel in Concert,” on Sunday, November 25. This concert will feature guest artists Falcon Steel, from Catalina Foothills High School. The performance begins at 7:30 in Crowder Hall.
The UA ensemble will perform a variety of calypso classics and some new twists on popular favorites, such as “Dancing Queen” and “Stayin’ Alive.” UA Steel is honored to perform a few selections in conjunction with Falcon Steel to close the performance.
The UA Steel Band program consists of one ensemble under the direction of Chris Billings. Members of UA Steel are all University of Arizona students, but come from a wide range of educational programs. Students learn the basics of all the instruments that comprise the steel drum family, and pick one instrument to learn and perform each semester. UA Steel has the honor of performing in and around the Tucson community. The ensemble’s most recent performance was as a guest artist for the inaugural UA Food Day, held on the UA campus on October 24 this year. The UA Steel Band program is student-run and is entirely funded through its concerts and outside performances. All funds received from performances go towards tuning, repairing, and replacing the instruments of the band.
Falcon Steel, under the direction of Dr. Tina Walton, features students from Catalina Foothills High School. Members of the Steel Drum Bands learn performance techniques and the history of steel drumming. Performances are scheduled as skills develop with students rehearsing independently and as small ensembles. Beginning Steel Drums is open to all students with consent of the director. An advanced Steel Drum Band is available for students with prior percussion or steel drum experience. Advanced techniques are taught and several performances are scheduled.