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Joshua R. Quillen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in groups all over the country, including international performances in Trinidad and Tobago. He frequently works with steel drum bands as a clinician/educator and currently serves as the artistic director of the steel band program at New York University. He has commissioned and premiered nearly a dozen new works for the instrument, and recently presented a concert of all new works for pan at the British Art Gallery in late November. Well versed in marimba and multiple-percussion, he has performed at such events as Music on the Edge at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburg, PA, and the Look and Listen Festival in New York City. He is currently a student of Robert Van Sice at Yale University.
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (great for high school and beginning college steel bands)
This popular hymn tune is arranged as a Soca with a modal twist. Unconventional harmonies in the beginning lead into a....
Difficulty: Easy (great for elementary, junior high, high school, and beginning college steel bands)
This traditional island tune has a relaxed Calypso/Bossa-Nova feel and an open song form to allow for solos. This would be a great....
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (great for high school and college steel bands)
This arrangement of "Brown Eyed Girl" for steel pan ensemble is at the beginner to intermediate level. This classic pop song is as exciting...
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school and college steel bands)
"Don't Speak" is an intermediate pan arrangement. The piece is transposed up a whole step from the original song to better fit the ranges of the Steel Pans.
This Boyz II Men classic arranged for steel band w/ light shaker will challenge your band to play in a lighter style, and will provide a great change of pace for your concert...
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (great for elementary, junior high, high school, and beginning college steel bands)
This is a simple reggae in D minor. A simple form and a simple melody combined with easy chord changes make for....
“I Want You Back” is a great funky tune by the Jackson Five that is sure to get any audience on it’s feet.
Difficulty: Medium (great for junior high, high school, and college steel bands)
An up-tempo calypso/soca feel. Jouvert Barrio is about the parties on Jouvert Morning in Trinidad during Carnival. This piece has an aggressive minor jam at the end.
Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high, high school, and college steel band)
This arrangement of a holiday classic would be a great addition to any holiday concert. This song is arranged in a "march-soca" style.
An up-tempo, Calypso/Soca feel. This piece has an aggressive jam at the end. Great tune for a closer of a set or a concert. This tune gives your group a great....
Difficulty: Easy (great for elementary to high school, and beginning college steel bands)
A tune that was originally a guitar and vocal piece, Song of Peace is about war and the struggles involved with it and mankind’s quest for peace.
Arranged with a cha-cha feel. “Summertime” is one of the most popular melodies from the Opera, “Porgy and Bess,” by Gershwin. The piece is arranged....
This classic Stevie Wonder funk tune is sure to get your audience dancing and singing in the aisles. Arranged as....
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (great for elementary to high school, and beginning college steel bands)
This piece is an original reggae tune. Its minor key suggests a bit of sadness, but the key change at the end brings a sense of resolve. This is a great piece....
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