UND-led Steel Pan Ensemble to play at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 17


Amy Halvorson

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The University of North Dakota Music Department announces the Steel Pan Ensemble will perform at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 8 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 17.

The Steel Pan Ensemble comprises 12 students, graduates and undergraduates. The group plans to play Caribbean-style music ranging in genres from 80's/90's pop music, to reggae and calypso.

"The style of music we're playing is very multicultural," said Michael Blake, band leader and UND director of jazz studies.

Some of the titles the band will be performing are "Jump for Joy," which is a traditional song in the calypso genre, "Under the Sea," made popular by Walt Disney's The Little Mermaid, and "Morning Dance," by Spyro Gyra.

The Steel Pan Ensemble was formed in 1999 and plays steel drums owned by the Summer Performing Arts Company of Grand Forks. The drums are used during the fall and spring semesters by UND.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy the tropical atmosphere only the Steel Pan Ensemble can deliver.

Tickets are available from the Chester Fritz box office and are $3 for students, $6 for adults and $12 for families.