Join the Tri-County Symphonic Band in some "Island Hopping"

Jamie Eckert, currently the director of percussion studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and his steel drum band "El Caribe' will be the guest performers at the Tri-County Symphonic Band concert on Sunday, March 26, 2006, beginning at 3 p.m.

The concert will be held at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy in Marion. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. 
Conductor is Phil Sanborn. 

The "Island Hopping" themed show will feature an array of  pieces such as "The Isle of Calypso," "Montego Bay," "Ireland: Of Legend and Lore," and "Manhattan." 

Eckert said that El Caribe' will be playing several Caribbean tunes with UMass Dartmouth music education major Lee Dias soloing on a piece by Trinidadian composer Len "Boogie" Sharpe. "Island in the Sun," a song made popular by Harry Belafonte, will be another El Caribe' highlight. 

El Caribe' is comprised of UMass Dartmouth students and faculty and is one of the only university steel bands in the state. The six-member group, established four years ago, has played at special events in front of thousands of people and students each year, according to Eckert. 

In addition to coordinating the percussion program at UMass Dartmouth, Eckert also assists Professor royal hartigan with the undergraduate program in World Music Studies. He has played with numerous orchestras, world music groups, and in various jazz settings. He has traveled throughout Europe and Asia as part of educational arts exchanges and been the featured artist and performer throughout the United States. Eckert has also served two times as faculty member and coordinator of World Music Studies for the prestigious West Virginia Governors Honors Academy. 

Since 1991, he has instructed the front ensemble for the award winning Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Eckert also has two world championships as an instructor and arranger for the Dartmouth Indoor Percussion Theater. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth or The Bookstall in Marion. More information is available by calling Linda at (508) 996-5977.

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