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Alan Bates has directed the Steel Drum Program at the Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY since 2009.  Approximately 300 High School and Middle School students participate each year.  Previously Alan was Artist-in-Residence at the International Arts Business High School, Brooklyn, NY where he received Young Audiences of NY Teaching Artist-of- the Year Award for his work with their 30 piece Steelband.  He is also Musical Director for Steel Passion, the Steelband of Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown, NY and leader of Island Breeze Caribbean Ensemble, a professional group that performs for parties, corporate events and concerts in the New York City area.  In the 2011 Brooklyn Panorama Alan played single tenor with Crossfire.  He has been to Trinidad Panorama three times....(click details for full Bio)

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"Calypso Riff In C" By Alan Bates

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Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high & high school steel bands)

This short easy Calypso is a good way to introduce some syncopated rhythms to the band.  After some back and forth between the frontline and backline in the intro, the full band plays the unison riff.  Cello\Guitars keep the riff going while the....

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"Cool Groove #1" By Alan Bates

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Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high & high school steel bands)

Cool Groove #1 has a 1960’s Rock vibe to it.  It starts off with a repetitive bass line and drum beat that sets up the feel of the song.  Guitar/cellos and double 2nds join in with the simple strum.  The happy-go-lucky melody is played by the tenors and double tenors, but....

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"Cool Groove #2" By Alan Bates

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Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high & high school steel bands)

Cool Groove #2 is a Latin Rock piece.  The arrangement begins with cascading parts that build up to the melody pick-ups to the A section.  Even though this is easy material, all of the sections are equally challenged.  The melody is....

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"I Can See Clearly Now" By Johnny Nash

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Difficulty: Medium/Hard (great for high school & college steel bands)

This reggae classic is arranged in more of a Ska style and it’s meant to be played a bit faster than the original rendition.  The bridge has an unusual chord progression, which is accented here by the arpeggios played by the....

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"Ting-O-Lay-O" Traditional

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Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high, high school & college steel bands)

Ting-o-lay-o is a folk song from Trinidad that was popularized around the world when Children’s Music Artist, Raffi, included it on one of his popular recordings.  This arrangement is a simple calypso groove with an easy repetitive strum....

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