Steel Pan Ensemble
(The Mason Steel Pan Ensemble, Fall 2015 – Photo by Suzette Niess)
Students learn to play the steel drum (steel pan, or pan) in a variety of settings. This is a performance-oriented class, focusing on repertoire from a variety of genres including various musics of the Caribbean. The ensemble performs in public and for various School of Music events throughout the semester. The class reinforces music theory concepts and helps teach improvisation, as well as familiarization with rote learning.
CONCERTS – Fall 2017
- Wednesday, November 29, 8pm: Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble (de Laski 3001 – Free and open to the public)
DEPARTMENTALS (12:30 – 1:20pm, de Laski 3001, MUSI 300 credit)
- Monday, October 23: Steel Pan Ensemble
- Sunday, August 27, 4-6pm: Mason Jazz “Welcome Back” Party – Dinner and performance by your Mason Jazz faculty. (de Laski 3001) Mandatory for all Jazz majors. Strongly suggested for Jazz minors and those participating in jazz ensembles.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing features the Mason Jazz Ensemble, Mason Jazz Combo I, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Recorded by CFA Audio Engineer, Billy Kessinger, eighty-six students participated in this project. Purchase at www.cdbaby.com/cd/masonjazz, iTunes, Amazon or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings.