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Bahama Mamas of Roanoke, Virginia

All Women's Steel Drum Band


Bahama Mamas began in June of 2005 under the direction of Delilah Rudolph. Delilah and Richard Rudolph launched Quest School of Music in January 1997 and added their first steel drum to the program in 2001. Dr. Chris Tanner of Miami University and Tom Miller of Pan Ramajay Productions were two of their original instructors. Chris and Tom have provided Instructional Clinics to Quest students over the years. Scott and Laura Jane Ramsburg attended Ellie Mannettes Steel Drum Workshops in Morgantown, West Virginia and have assisted in teaching and arranging for the initial bands, Pan-A-Mania and Spiritual Steel. Kathy Clemo and Andrea Rodgers were the first of these ladies to begin classes when our new set of Mannette Instruments arrived in 2002. Pam Coogan volunteers as coordinator of information and updates.

Leads: Donna Obrien, Dawn Long, Pam Coogan, Donna Rodgers, Brenda Robertson, Miki Smith, Loretta Taliaferro
Double Tenors: Kathy Clemo
Double Seconds: Betty Burke, Carolyn Rich, Linda Bourhill, Mary Jo Reed
Triple Guitars: Peggy Schaaf, Maureen Van Doren, Maria Rushbrooke
Tenor Bass: Delilah Rudolph
Bass Guitar: Brian Holt
Trapset and Percussion: Sam Nash
Electric Guitar: Bill Hoffman
Recording: Robert Chenault
Composer: Dr. Chris Tanner
Producer for Dr. Chris Tanner: Pan Ramajay Productions

Additional Bahama Mamas not on this production but longtime members of the program:
Laura Jane Ramsburg - Bass
Vickie Larrington - Double Tenor
Terri Allen - Double Second
Andrea Rodgers - Double Second
Cheryl Floyd - Lead
Leslie Furrow - Double Second
Special Thanks to Richard Rudolph who commissioned Dr. Chris Tanner to compose "Sweet Delilah" as a gift to his wife Delilah. Donna Obrien is lead soloist on "Sweet Delilah".  Kathy Clemo is soloist for "Don't Dread the Natti".
"Star City Suite" is a tribute to Roanoke the Star City of the South.


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