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Highland Arts Unlimited Kicks Off 50th Season with Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band

Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band

Highland Arts Unlimited (HAU) will kick off the 2022-2023 season with a free concert by the Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center auditorium on the campus of WVU Potomac State College. 

The free concert will feature both the relaxing sounds of the islands and exciting calypso tunes played on steel drums. Those familiar with Pan Jammin’ will not want to miss this performance.

Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Studio of Keyser provides instruction and performance opportunities for students from middle school to those 80+, who are interested in the steel pan music of the Caribbean.

Members range from experienced musicians to those who have never played music before. 

Students are grouped into several bands that perform regularly throughout the local area. 

Celebrating the 50th year of Highland Arts, in a special performance returning to Keyser will be the Jim Miltenberger Jazz Ensemble show "Beethoven to the Beatles" Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m.

Other shows include "Tied Up in Knotts" featuring Don Knotts' daughter Karen Knotts set for Oct. 23 and HAU is excited to welcome back West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. for his Christmas Show Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. 

The season will conclude with the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. 

WVU Potomac State College students are admitted free to all shows with their student ID.

Individuals seeking a membership in Highland Arts will receive a $5 discount in their chosen category during the Pan Jammin’ concert only.  

Highland Arts is an all-volunteer organization that depends on individual memberships and, if approved, financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education, with generous in-kind support from WVU-Potomac State College.