The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

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The Latest Lime

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

2021 Spring Concert!

In case you Missed it… Or just want to watch again… https://youtu.be/gGDrY_W0Qn4 If you missed our annual spring concert or just want to watch it …

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Thanks for a great concert!

Thanks for a great concert! Thanks to all involved for an amazing concert!  We had a great time putting it together, though a bit different …

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Tonight’s the night!

41st Annual Spring Concert! Today! Peter is smiling because tonight (8pm) is our annual spring concert!  Celebrating our 41st year with music by Cliff Alexis, …

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41st Annual Spring Concert! Streaming April 10 at 8pm!

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary for the Second time! Last spring we unfortunately had to cancel our big 40th annivesary show, but we are back!  April …

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Happy Holidays!

Do some holiday shopping and support your steel drum band! It’s not too late to get your last minute holiday shopping in!  Our CD’s, DVD’s, …

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Happy turkey day!

We hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Now, to help you get ready for the holidays and check off your gift list, here …

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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.