BHS Steel Drum Band to perform in Montrose
Island music will overtake Montrose, Tuesday, April 30, as the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band presents the “Juice Blenders” concert, 7 p.m., at the Montrose Theatre, Public Ave., Montrose. Admission to the concert is free. Donations will be accepted.
The BHS Steel Drum Band ensemble performed with Harry Belafonte, the Binghamton Community Orchestra, and many area New York college and university music departments, as well as steel drum greats Andy Narell, Liam Teague and Tracey Thornton and other luminaries in the music world.
The Steel Drum Band was founded in 1999 and has performed around the country at music festivals and conventions.
The group has released three CD’s to date – all available for purchase, and their fourth CD is currently in production.
The band is under the direction of BHS Director of Bands Joel Smales in the Binghamton High School Rod Serling School of Fine Arts.
Three students from the Montrose area, who study in private lessons with Smales, will also be featured in the April 30 concert.
In addition to the BHS Steel Drum Band, Smales also conducts two concert bands, two jazz ensembles, pep band, percussion ensemble and the pit orchestra.
As a performer, Smales is the Principal Percussionist with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, “eNeRJee” Jazz trio and the Caribbean steel band, “Panigma.”
Smales was recently selected to represent New York State in the eighth annual “Directors Who Make a Difference.”