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November 15, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Percussion Ensemble and Islanders Steel Band will present “A Steel Band Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

 The concert’s centerpiece will be a performance of several well-known Christmas songs and carols especially arranged for the UM Islanders Steel Band.

“The pieces will feature an ‘island flavor’ including a calypso version of ‘Sleigh Ride,’ a reggae version of ‘We Three Kings,’ as well as a salsa Christmas medley,” said Robert Ledbetter, UM music professor.

The Islanders Steel Band also will release their new CD, “A Steel Band Christmas,” at the concert.

The Percussion Ensemble will perform several works including two tangos by Astor Piazzola, a mallet ensemble jig and a piece based upon Japanese Taiko drumming.

Tickets cost $11 for general admission, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. 

To purchase tickets call UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 or visit


Note to the media: Digital music files from the CD “A Steel Band Christmas” are available to the media by calling Ledbetter at 406-243-4819.





Contact: Robert Ledbetter, UM music professor, 406-243-4819,