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Warm up with the CCM Steel Drum Band on Jan. 26

The CCM Steel Drum Band presents tunes from Trinidad and new arrangements of pop hits on Jan. 26

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music takes audiences on “A Trip to Trinidad and Back” with a concert by the CCM Steel Drum Band at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Corbett Auditorium. The ensemble’s CCMONSTAGE performance features pop, folk and reggae compositions and traditional music of Trinidad with guest artists the Vienna Jammers and CCM alumnus Jonathan Bisesi.

Join the CCM Steel Drum Band and guests to hear the island music of Trinidad along with new arrangements of popular songs including Vampire Weekend’s "Run," Nathaniel Rateliff’s "Mellow Out," Imogen Heap’s "Earth," Danny Elfman’s "Weird Science" and more. The performance features new arrangements by CCM students and guest Jonathan Bisesi (BM, ’00).

Bisesi has performed as a percussionist with the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band since 2004. As an active freelance musician, he has performed with prestigious orchestras around the country including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera, New World Symphony and at the International Festival Cervantino, which is the largest arts festival in Latin America. Bisesi is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Vienna Jammers. Learn more at

Directed by David L. Reynolds, Jr., the Vienna Jammers is a youth percussion ensemble from Vienna, Virginia. The after-school program, started by a high school junior in 2005, has blossomed into an ensemble that has performed at many local events in Vienna, Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts and the Verizon Center. The members of the ensemble use a combination of traditional and non-traditional instruments, including marimbas, hand drums, trash cans and any other object they can hit. Learn more at


Russell Burge, music coordinator

  • Run: Vampire Weekend/arr. Rob Howe
  • Mellow Out: Nathaniel Rateliff/arr. Patrick O’Rourke
  • Earth: Imogen Heap/arr. Kyle A. Lamb
  • Weird Science: Danny Elfman/arr. Declan Hayden
  • Wii, the People: arr. Ryan Thomas
  • Birthday Party: Len "Boogsie" Sharpe/arr. Shelly Irvine
  • Tico Tico: Zequinha Abreu/arr. Jonathan Bisesi
  • Dzoka Uyamwe: Oliver Mtukudzi/arr. Joel Garza

- intermission -

David L. Reynolds, Jr., director

  • Pa Bailar: Jeff Narrell
  • Socaphone: Walt Hampton/arr. David L. Reynolds, Jr.
  • The Groove: David L. Reynolds, Jr.
  • La La: Lord Nelson/arr. Adam Grisé
  • My Girl: Smokey Robinson & Ronald White/arr. Adam Grisé
  • Africa: David Paich & Jeff Porcaro/arr. Dakota Kaylor
  • Log Cabin Blues: George Hamilton Green/arr. Jonathan Bisesi


  • This Feelin’ Nice: Len "Boogsie" Sharpe 
  • Pan Here to Stay: Lord Kitchener

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26


Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati 

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $19.50 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield