UA Steel Band members

to play at academy on Tuesday

The UA Steel Band program has a rich history as one of the longest-running collegiate programs in the country. Since its inception 26 years ago, the UA Steel Bands, consisting of two separate ensembles (UA Steel and Blue Steel), have been respected for their programs and efforts to push the boundaries of steel band performance.

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, members of both UA Steel Bands will push those boundaries once again in a concert at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Just yesterday, members of the UA Steel and Blue Steel groups were scheduled to perform with world-renowned pan virtuoso Andy Narell and the UA Studio Jazz Band.

The two steel bands are continuously evolving as one group of students graduates and new ones come aboard. Recently, UA Steel held a composition contest in conjunction with CrossTalk, the university’s electronic percussion ensemble, and premiered a new work.

Norman Weinberg, UA professor of music, is director of percussion studies. One of his students, Chris Billings, is director of the steel bands.

Wayne Magee


Talk to offer tips on how

to prevent, recover from falls

A trio of speakers will address the subject “Key Steps to Fall Prevention” Wednesday during the monthly wellness program sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy. The program begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy building.

The speakers will discuss the epidemic of falls in this country, primarily among the elderly, and the cost to the health care system. They will provide clinical information and address the importance of physical exercise and other proactive measures for fall prevention. They also will respond to questions from the audience.

Connie Plummer, a certified Pilates instructor who operates The Pilates Station in the Academy Village Community Center with her husband Bill Plummer, will focus on the importance of balance and physical fitness as key factors in preventing falls at any age.

The other two speakers, Michael Dubois and Natalia Filip, will approach the subject of fall prevention and recovery from falls from the perspective of physical therapists. Both are associated with Momentum Physical Therapy in Tucson, and they will emphasize the importance of one’s physical condition in fall prevention and what can be done to facilitate recovery from a fall.

H. Deon Holt

May 1

Doctor who helped save Giffords

to discuss state of neurosurgery

Ever since January 2011, when then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was successfully treated for what many thought would be a deadly gunshot wound to the head, Tucsonans have been aware of the amazing state of the art of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona.

On May 1 at 3:30 p.m., they will have the chance to meet one of the neurosurgeons who treated Giffords and kept the world apprised of her remarkable progress in the days and weeks that followed: Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr., chief of the division of neurosurgery and professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

His presentation, “The Evolution of Modern Neurosurgery: A History of Trial and Error, Success and Failure,” is the final piece to be presented at the Arizona Senior Academy of the UA 2014 College of Science series on “The Evolving Brain.”

Accompanied by graphics and videos, Lemole will demonstrate how the science and art of neurosurgery has advanced dramatically in the past few decades.

Even so, its history is firmly grounded in a paradigm of surgical trial and error. Collaborations with allied specialties have made these “trials” safer, but much of what is known of functional brain anatomy comes from disease or medical complications.

This lecture will explore, with sensitivity and humor, the observations and persistence that led to the current state of the art. Lemole will explore how this surgical knowledge of the brain makes current practice safer and how future technologies will advance our understanding with less invasive but more meaningful impact.

A graduate of Harvard, Lemole received his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Janet Kerans