The Department of Music will present the UALR Trojan Pep Band and the UALR Percussion Ensemble with special guests the Pangolins Steel Drum Band coming together all on one stage to present a concert of holiday music, as well as selections from each group’s wide repertoire of music at 7 p.m. December 10.
The concert will be held in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.
The UALR Trojan Pep band will be presenting selections from their high energy collection of funk and blues including Moon Glow, Brick House , and Soul Finger. The UALR Percussion Ensemble will be presenting works from Bela Fleck and Dave Grusin as well as the popular rock group Tool. Popular Bela Fleck tunes such as The Sinister Minister and Hurricane Camille will be presented.
The Pangolins Steel Drum band will be presenting works by Jimmy Buffett and special holiday arrangements of music specifically for steel drum band. In addition to holiday favorites the group will present the popular work Bring Him Home from Le Miserables. All the groups will come together to finish the concert with A Big Band Christmas by Carl Strommen. Celebrating over ten plus years the UALR Percussion Ensemble is a high energy group that has performed throughout the Midwest and the South presenting concerts and clinics for students of all ages. Past performances at the University of Missouri, University of Georgia, University of New Orleans, Mobile Alabama Concerts in the Park, The Chicago Public Schools, Silver Dollar City, and Little Rock’s World Fest are only a few of the events the group has appeared at. For the past three years the group has been honored to work with the International House of Blues Foundation in New Orleans performing for inner city and at risk youth as well at the House of Blues Club itself.
The UALR Trojan Pep Band supports the men’s basketball team at UALR and represents the university at numerous functions during the year. This high energy group is comprised of 19 UALR students that represent a wide range of degrees. The group has presented concerts in Little Rock, and is the host band for the Sunbelt Basketball Tournament held in Hot Springs in the spring.
The Pangolins Steel Drum Band is a professional steel drum group that is an outreach of the UALR Percussion Ensemble. This group has performed together for over ten years. The group has performed in New Orleans working with the House of Blues and the City of New Orleans as well as all over the Natural State. The group has also performed children’s concerts with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The group performs a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary rock and roll. The group is led by Charles Law.
For more information, contact the Music Department at 501-569-3294.