Damoi Morgan ’25 adds melody to campus with a steel drum – The Lafayette
You may never have met Damoi Morgan ’25, but chances are you’ve heard his music come through the Quad. For many Lafayette students and faculty members, the melodies of Morgan’s steel drums echoing around campus have become a familiar and welcoming sound.
Morgan’s penchant for the steel drum first emerged when he was in high school. Originally trained as a percussionist, he began experimenting with the steel drum as a way to expand his musical horizons beyond rhythms and patterns and into the world of notes and tones.
“I got into steelpan because I was able to be a musician and learn music theory…and still hit some stuff,” he said.
Now in Lafayette, Morgan’s affinity for “hitting stuff” has blossomed into an affinity for a multitude of musical endeavors; he runs his own production company, starts a new club, hosts his own version of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and on top of it all, always finds time to perform recreationally.
Morgan is best known in Lafayette for his consistent performance in quad biking and, from his perspective, that’s exactly the kind of activity that truly defines Lafayette.
“Without students on campus, this land is just black and white…People being on campus, especially with musical instruments, it…adds another layer of color to the scene,” said Morgan.
Seeing more of this color come to campus is hugely important to Morgan. He founded a new club called Jam Session to help do just that.
“There are a lot of people here who like to create music, but they don’t like to do it on stage. So I’m going to start a club that’s more about…putting people in different spaces on campus and recording their creations…because everybody loves creating music,” he said.
Jam Session will act alongside Lafayette Interdisciplinary Music Society (LIMS), an on-campus music organization that focuses on live performance, to help student artists share and produce their music in a professional, well-executed, and accessible way.
Since beginning his journey with the steel drum, Morgan has grown not only as a performer and leader, but also as a businessman. He is currently planning to double major in music and economics, and he runs his own production company, Exquisite Productions.
“I created Exquisite Productions because that’s how I chose to describe myself and how my music is performed,” Morgan said. “If I’m involved in production, you receive exquisite production.”
Over the past summer, Morgan and her company have hosted 100th anniversary celebrations, cocktail parties and parties, cementing her success by becoming an officially registered company.
“I will definitely be playing music forever,” Morgan said. “There is no reason to stop.”