The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

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Fall 2020 Virtual Percussion Ensemble Concert

Fall 2020 Percussion Ensemble Concert – Virtual! “6 Feet Apart” On Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30pm we would have had our usual fall percussion ensemble …

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Collage 2020!

Collage 2020 Virtual Edition! Tonight at 7:30pm log in to the UA School fo Music website here and watch a livestream version of Collage 2020!  …

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UA Samba!

New Merchandise – UA Samba sticker! UA Samba is the University of Akron Percussion Studio’s Brazilian Percussion Ensemble.  The group performs drumming music from Brazil’s …

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New youtube channel!

We have a new youtube channel!  Here we are rehearsing a new tune you may recognize.  More to come so subscribe and support the University …

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New merchandise!

New merchandise available!  Our new t-shirt celebrating 40 years of the University of Akron Steel Drum Band is now available along with some very cool …

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New members!

Please welcome our newest members! Please welcome Keegan Obernauf, Harley Núñez , and Joshua Sommers to the University of Akron Steel Drum Band!  These guys …

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History of the University of Akron Steel Drum Band

Dr. Larry Snider founded the University of Akron Steel Drum Band in 1980. At the time, it was one of only three colleges in the U.S. to have a steel drum ensemble. It is one of the nation’s oldest collegiate panorama style steel bands.,

For over forty years, all of the band’s steel drums were exclusively built and maintained by master tuner, Dr. Clifford Alexis.  

This ensemble consists of percussion majors at the University of Akron and is dedicated to performing the musical art form of Trinidad and to educating people about the history of pan.

Enthusiastic audiences have grown from about 50 in 1980 to over 2000 per performance, making this ensemble a major force in the cultural and entertainment community of Akron and Cleveland.

Hire us

The 20 plus student ensemble is available during the academic calendar year and can perform one or two concerts per booking. We also can provide a workshop with students or guests including some “hands-on” activities. These concerts feature authentic Caribbean music and an explanation of the history and development of the steelpan.