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Coastal music prof makes music with friends

October 27, 2003

David Bankston of Coastal Carolina University's music faculty will team up with world-renowned bass guitarist Steve Bailey and other musicians on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. to offer an evening of original songs and music from the American songbook. The concert, which will be in Wheelwright Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Bailey, who lives in Myrtle Beach, is best known for his virtuosity on a fretless, six-string electric guitar.

The concert will also feature Kurry Seymour, percussion coordinator and assistant band director at Coastal; singer/guitarists Bobbie and Aaron Holt; and Coastal voice student Elise Testone.

The program will include songs from Bankston's CD, "Galvez Town," as well as new original songs and American pop standards such as Frank Sinatra's "I'll Be Around" and Billie Holliday's haunting "But Beautiful" and "Darn That Dream."

Bankston, seen most recently in Coastal's production of "The Baker's Wife," has performed extensively in opera and musical theater, including leading roles in companies such as the Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera and New Orleans Opera. Folk, pop and rock music were his first loves, however, and Bankston began playing the guitar at 15 years old and was singing folk songs professionally by age 17.

Released last year, "Galvez Town" is Bankston's homage to his Louisiana roots. The CD's 10 songs are reflections on life, love and changing times from the vantage point of a mature storyteller looking back on the people and places of his youth. The songs vary from comic ("Cornbread") to tragic ("Richie") and encompass a variety of styles, from folk-rock and pop to rhythm and blues.

At Coastal, Seymour teaches the percussion studio and ensembles, percussion methods, the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band Drumline and the CCU Pep Band. He has toured Europe performing original music that he composed for a modern performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.