WLU Steel Drum, African Drum/Dance Ensemble to Perform

ArtsLink presents West Liberty University Steel Drum Band and African Drum/Dance Ensemble at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, as part of its Summer Coffeehouse Series in partnership with Middlebourne’s “Bands on Broad.”

MIDDLEBOURNE — ArtsLink’s Coffeehouse Series will partner with “Bands on Broad” in Middlebourne on Thursday, Aug. 15, for a concert by West Liberty University Steel Drum Band and African Drum/Dance Ensemble.

The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. near the town gazebo, located at the corner of Main and Broad streets. Food will be available for purchase, provided by the Tyler County Girl Scouts Troop #10034. ArtsLink’s Summer Coffeehouse series is sponsored by First Mutual Bank.

The West Liberty Steel Band, one of the first such bands in the country, plays all kinds of tradition, popular and classical tunes from the U.S.A., Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. Many of their tunes have been arranged by the students. The West Liberty Steel Band consists of 16 performers playing 28 pans, ranging from the lead pan, which is a single pan that plays mostly the melody on its 25 small notes, to the 7-bass, which plays the bass line on seven bass pans, each of which containing 2 or 3 large notes.

“We’re delighted to present these talented musicians from West Liberty. Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair and enjoy great entertainment,” ArtsLink president, Scarlet Hood, said.

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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