The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 24, 2013

BAC presenting the WVU Steel Drum Band March 3

— Beckley Concert Association’s next presentation will offer up the West Virginia University Steel Drum Band and African Music and Dance Ensemble.

The performance will be held March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium.

WVU’s Steel Drum Band was started by Ellie Mannette, known as the “father of the modern steel drum” and a National Heritage Fellow, in the 1990s.  

The World Music Performance Center at West Virginia University, under the direction of Dr. Michael Vercelli, includes the WVU Steel Drum Band, African Ensemble and WVU Brazilian ensemble.

The steel band showcases the traditional music of Trinidad, as well as unique classical and popular arrangements and transcriptions.

The African Music and Dance Ensemble is comprised of students, both undergraduate and graduate, from various majors throughout the university. It is open to all WVU students to join.

Its focus is on the traditional and contemporary music of Africa and the Diaspora. Its mission is to build interest in the African arts.

The African rhythm of the Mountaineer students of WVU promises to have you smiling and swaying in your seats.

BCA season tickets will be honored at the door. Single ticket purchases are $20 for an adult; special student/child tickets are $5.

For more information, call Betsy Gilmer 304-253-8923 or visit