ArtsLink Series Will Host Steel Drummer

Dan Meunier

ArtsLink’s Coffeehouse Series will partner with “Bands on Broad” in Middlebourne on Thursday for a concert by steel drummer Dan Meunier.

The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the town gazebo, located at the corner of Main and Broad streets. Food will be available for purchase, provided by the Middlebourne Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. ArtsLink’s Summer Coffeehouse series is sponsored by the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Meunier has been a drummer for over 20 years, performing all over the world in every setting imaginable. He began his journey into the music of the Caribbean and Africa at West Virginia University. While obtaining his masters in music performance, Meunier regularly performed under the tutelage of Ghanaian master drummer Dr. Paschal Younge and in the steel band of pan master Ellie Manette, who is credited as the father of the modern day steel drum instrument. Meunier’s musical passage continued from there to Ghana, West Africa, where he studied traditional African drumming and dancing, and to the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where the amazing history of the steel drum began. Today, Meunier is a teacher, arranger, and performer of steel drum music, including writing and performing in Caribbean Traditions and Passport to Rhythm which are Gateway to the Arts educational shows on the history of the steel drum and the intermixing of percussion music from all over the world.

ArtsLink president, Barbara Vincent, comments, “We’re delighted to present this talented drummer from Pittsburgh. Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair and enjoy great entertainment.”

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Partial funding for “Bands on Broad” is provided by the Stealey Community Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc. Financial support for ArtsLink activities is provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.

For more information, call 304-455-2278.

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