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The University Of Akron Steel Drum Band

The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

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We will be announcing our latest events, news, and concerts here.

Warm up with us this Sunday at the Akron Civic Theatre!

Get some summer vibes with us this Sunday! Come out to the historic Akron Civic Theatre this Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:30pm for a fun ...
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‘Tis the season…

Warm up your holidays with our recording, “A Kiss for Christmas!”  Whether you buy the CD or MP3s, proceeds go to our percussion studio scholarships.  ...
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Change of venue!

our Annual spring concert has been moved to the Goodyear Theater The concert originally scheduled for EJ Thomas Hall has been relocated to the historic ...
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Annual Spring Concert April 22

Get your tickets now! Saturday, April 22 at 8pm, Josanne Francis will be joining our students for an amazing evening of steelpan music. You can ...
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2023 Annual Spring Concert, April 22

Spring concert time! Saturday, April 22, 8pm at EJ Thomas Hall is our annual spring concert with special guest Josanne Francis!  You can learn more ...
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Spring has sprung!

Special thanks to Fox 8 in the Morning for having us on for the first day of spring!  Harley, Emma, and Emily were amazing!  You ...
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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.