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Released February 8, 2005

ANDY NARRELL JOINS SOUTHERN MISS STEEL BAND IN CONCERT

HATTIESBURG – Andy Narell is one of the most recorded pan players in the world and an innovator of steel pan music. Bringing his own special style to the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, Narell will join the Southern Miss Steel Pan Band in concert at 7:30 p.m., March 21 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

The Southern Miss band, under the direction of Dr. John Wooton, associate professor of music in the School of Music, will perform several of Narell's tunes, including "Coffee Street," a piece he wrote for the band Skiffle Bunch to perform at the 1999 Panorama competition in Trinidad.

"Our audience has a real treat in store for them at this concert," Wooton said. "Andy will also perform with AISO! on some of the best Caribbean jazz anywhere."

Narell is probably best known to American audiences as a musician who pioneered the role of the pan in contemporary music. He's also a star performer with legions of fans scattered from New York City to Soweto and all points in between.

He has made 14 albums, some are his own and some are with performers such as Marcus Miller, Chucho Valdes, and Bela Fleck. Narell is also a studio ace-an audio technician who is intimately involved in recording, mixing and mastering his own CDs. It's no accident that many audiophiles use Narell's recordings to demonstrate how good their systems sound.

Tickets are $10 and $5 for Southern Miss faculty, staff, and students. Tickets are available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.

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