April 7: Pinnacle Concert Series Presents UA Steel
The highly acclaimed Pinnacle Concert Series presents UA Steel at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. UA Steel is dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the steel pan and form. Born from a small group of personal steel drums in 1987, the band now has over 50 instruments and involves University of Arizona students from across campus life.
The band plays many styles of music, from Caribbean-based soca; calypso and reggae, to classical, contemporary jazz and pop.
“Infused with infectious rhythms and the unique steel band sound, said Musical Director Brent Hylton. “This outdoor concert on the Sanctuary Patio promises an afternoon of joyous music for the whole family.” The extensive patio space has tiered seating, so everyone will have a good view. If rain is in the forecast, the concert will take place indoors.
UA Steel was recently the invited group for a special steel band concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention where it had the opportunity to perform for a truly international audience. The group has recently finished recording a new CD featuring faculty from the UA School of Music as soloists with the band. The CD is currently being mixed and mastered and will be available later this year. The UA Steel Band program is entirely self-supported through public and private performances and CD sales. All proceeds earned go directly toward instrument purchase, maintenance, and tuning; music for the library; support for recording projects and travel; and sponsoring guest artists.
General admission tickets are $15; student tickets are $5; and family ticket packs, which include admission for two adults and up to four children, are $35.