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Popular SFA Steel Band to perform spring concert

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The SFA Steel Band, also known as the "Jacks of Steel," will perform an exciting and diverse concert of music under the direction of Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

One of the most popular and requested ensembles in the SFA School of Music, the group is comprised of 13 members playing steel pan, ethnic percussion, drumset and bass guitar, according to Meyer.

The concert will feature various music styles, including socas, sambas, funk and rock, Meyer said. Notable pieces include several new compositions by Iowa-based composer Tyler Swick, such as "Ra Ra Ra" and "Las's Lap." Additionally, Meyer has arranged the pop tune "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars for the performance, and Plano junior Jason Dupree has composed an original composition titled "Amnesai from Anesthesia."

"This concert is sure to get you in the mood for warmer weather with the uptempo, vivacious sounds of the steel band," Meyers said.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.