The Bethel College Steel Drum Band will host a special guest for its end-of-the-school-year concert.
For the season-ending concert, they will be joined by James “JT” Taylor, a professional steel-drum musician from Phoenix.
The group, under the direction of Brad Shores, will play at 2 p.m. May 2 in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.
The band’s repertoire for May 2 will be selected from “Sarah Perfidia,” “I Want You Back,” “Tequila Battle Zone,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Wake Up,” “Burger Boogie,” “’Lypso Mania” and “Sweet Sugar Cane.”
The Steel Drum Combo will also be featured in the concert: Shores and Taylor on steel drums, Caleb Abbott, sophomore from Wichita, on saxophone, Eli Brockway, senior from McPherson, on bass, and Devin Russ, sophomore from Satellite Beach, Fla., on conventional drums.
Taylor has studied music since he was 10 years old, and has a degree in music performance focusing on percussion instruments.
He discovered steel drums in 1982 while teaching a Boys and Girls Club group, and has subsequently spent years in the Caribbean performing aboard cruise ships and learning more about steel drums and the people of Trinidad.
Taylor now spends several months each year in Trinidad, performing during the Carnival season with a 120-piece steel drum orchestra. He has helped win six first-place Panorama championships, with Sfozata (Trinidad), Pan Sonatas (New York) and North Stars (St. Lucia).
The student musicians have diverse musical experience and academic areas, ranging from English to chemistry to nursing to music/education.
Members of the Bethel College Steel Drum Band are: lead pan, Brendan Ostlund, senior from Mount Hope, Briley Young, sophomore from Wichita, Elizabeth Tran, junior from North Newton, Alayna Wallace, sophomore from McPherson, Payton Walters, sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., AJ Dugan, freshman from Walton, Krista Loomis, sophomore from Walton, and Billie Selichnow, senior from Wichita; double seconds, Kendrick Weaver, junior from Hesston, Lauren Nehrbass, senior from Parsons, and Anna Lubbers, junior from Peabody; double guitars, Laura Tran, junior from North Newton, Georgia Anderson, senior from Wichita, and Noah Ballesteros, freshman from San Diego; basses, Callie Ross, senior from Overland Park, and Kayla Newman, sophomore from Sedgwick; with Shores on drum set.