Dr. Anthony Hailey - CEO Mosaic Steel Orchestra
His early musical education was in the realm of orchestral percussion, however, Dr. Hailey shifted his attention to African and Caribbean music styles during graduate school. Hailey is a native of Charlotte, NC, and he began playing the double second steelpan in 1990 as an undergraduate music student at East Carolina University. This experience led him to West Virginia University where he studied steelpan construction, tuning and arranging with Ellie Mannette. After receiving a Master's of Music in 1994, Hailey noticed a growing interest in ethnic and world music among music educators in the U.S. This shift of interest prompted Hailey to pursue his doctorate degree in world percussion from West Virginia University, which he received in May 2005.
An active percussionist in Hampton Roads, Virginia; Hailey has performed locally with many artists including Ben Vereen, the Girls Choir of Harlem, and Dance Theater of Harlem and he has served as professor of percussion studies at Tidewater Community College and Old
Dominion University. Internationally Hailey has studied and performed at the University of Ghana, Legon, toured South Korea performing at the Seoul International Drum Festival and the 2002 World Cup Opening Ceremony. Dr. Hailey performed in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Band Panorama Finals with Skiffle Bunch, Starlift and Renegades steel orchestras respectively. In 2015, Hailey lead his Mosaic Steel Orchestra to place 20th out of 24 bands in Trinidad during the Inaugural International Conference and Panorama where he also presented his research paper “Positive Propensity of Pan”. As an arranger, in 2017 Dr. Hailey was the first African-American to work as musical arranger in the Trinidad & Tobago National Steel Band Panorama composing for the Sangre Grande Cordettes Steel Orchestra.
Dr. Hailey has received several grants from the US Embassy in Port-ofSpain, Trinidad for his youth outreach work in Trinidad. Hailey is the CEO of Mosaic Steel Orchestra, which he founded in 2006 to share his passion for the art form with American youth - encouraging them to strive for excellence while building the discipline and self-confidence necessary to overcome life’s challenges. Mosaic Steel Orchestra is a 501c3 not-forprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community through cultural performing arts