Arts Center to host drum performance

Submitted photo Members of Joyous Noise are set to perform Saturday at The Arts Center in Elkins.

ELKINS — Joyous Noise, a steel drum band from the Morgantown area, is set to perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Arts Center in Elkins.

Formed in 2012 as part of Wesley United Methodist Church’s community outreach offerings, the band has grown from 4 to 11 members from Morgantown and Uniontown. Joyous Noise is one of cb Studios’ performing bands.

It is made up of lead players: Holly Adams, Cyndie Goellner, Connie Ramsey and Ginny Tanner; double second players: Ray Adams, Sherry John, Kerry Lilly; guitar/cello players: Joyce John and Penny Kostka; bassists: David Fitzpatrick and Cassandra Null; and director/drummer: Chanler Bailey.

Joyous Noise often performs in the Morgantown area.

Bailey has been involved in the percussive arts in one form or another — private lessons, drum and bugle corps, collegiate drum line instructor — since a very young age. He began his love of steel drums while he was a percussion performance major at West Virginia University. Bailey began playing steel drums as part of WVU’s World Music Program. He later joined Dr. Ellie Mannette’s University Tuning Project, an apprenticeship program, to learn the steel drum art form.

When the University Tuning Project ended, Bailey took an active role in forming Mannette Steel Drums, Ltd. in 2000 and later became president and CEO. He is a craftsman, tuner, and clinician, still guided by Mannette.

Bailey created cb Studios in 2007 to reconnect with teaching and performing. His classes meet weekly and perform at festivals and fundraisers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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