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Join us for our annual Sundays in the Garden Concert Spring Concert Series featuring the groove-based music of The University of Arizona Steel Band. The concert is free with admission and free for members as one of the many amazing membership benefits.

Be sure to visit the cash bar for beer and wine, prickly pear lemonade, and our famous prickly pear margaritas. Treat yourself to a wonderful afternoon outdoors, sipping wine, and listening to live music. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. The concert series is brought you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society.



The UA Steel Band program has a rich history as one of the longest running collegiate programs in the country. Since its inception 29 years ago, the UA has been respected for their steel band programs and efforts to push the boundaries of their performances.


About the Musical Director

Jacob Ransom is a percussionist, composer, and educator. Currently, he is working on his Doctoral degree in percussion performance at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. Morris Palter.

Ransom bridges the divide between academic wisdom and folklore. At the University of Arizona, Ransom is the assistant director of Cross Talk, the first electronic percussion ensemble, and works with the UA Steel Ensemble.

He embraces both scholarly and colloquial approaches to music and life, savoring the intricate while holding deep appreciation for the simple.

Ransom has performed and collaborated with many groups and artists including: Y La Bamba, Darol Anger and the Furies, Tiburones, Nick Delphs, Megan Diana, Rorey James, and Esperanza Spalding.

Ransom has held the position of principal percussionist for the University of Alaska Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the principal percussionist for Arizona Symphony Orchestra. He received his Masters of Music degree from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, studying with Dr. Morris Palter, and received his Bachelors of Music degree at Southern Oregon University, studying with Dr. Terry Longshore.

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