Father/daughter duo to bring the tropics to La Porte mid-winter at First Friday in the Chapel

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December 17, 2018
La Porte, Ind. – It might feel like January in Northwest Indiana, but it won’t sound like it, at least for an hour or so at the January First Friday in the Chapel concert. Father/daughter duo Kent and Samira Arnsbarger will bring the tropical sounds of steel drum and steel pan to the chapel in the first concert of 2019, taking place at noon, Jan. 4 at the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Kent Arnsbarger is a professional percussionist who has played locally and across the country, in venues such as the Shedd Aquarium, the 80th Floor of the Aon Center, and Michigan Avenue’s Awning Plaza in Chicago, and at venues in Nashville and St. Louis. He has recorded six albums, which can be found on iTunes and his website, KentArnsbarger.com. His favorite, he says, is “Sounds of the Caribbean.”
Arnsbarger said the steel drum started as a primitive instrument during World War II, and the instrument has evolved in innovation and construction over the last 30 years. In fact, the father of the modern steel pan instrument – Dr. Ellie Mannette – passed away just recently at the age of 90. Arnsbarger said his personal drum represents the result of this craftsmanship evolution, and is considered one of the best pans in the world right now.
Arnsbarger has lived in La Porte for about 20 years. He is married to his wife Shawn, and has two daughters. He is the percussion composer and arranger for both the Knox and Plymouth high school music programs.
First Friday in the Chapel is made possible by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to empowering residents to live healthy and well in and around La Porte. HFL is proud to support health and wellness programs and services to achieve the vision of La Porte becoming one of Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030. For more information about First Friday in the Chapel performances, please call 219-325-7633.
The mission of La Porte Hospital is to improve the health of our patients and communities
Stacey Kellogg, Regional Manager, Community Relations
(219) 983-8641