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The Latest Lime

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

reh 9/17/20

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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Welcome Back!

We’re back and in-person! This fall is defnitely off to a bit of a “different” start, with COVID-19 mitigations in place, but we are back …

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Live At EJ Thomas Hall

The “Live at E.J. Thomas Hall” CD marks our first ‘Live Recording’ of the steel band. We brought together a “DREAM TEAM” of steel band performers from the U.S. and Trinidad to perform with the group.

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A Kiss For Christmas

A Kiss for Christmas” is our first studio-produced Christmas CD and is dedicated to Stanley L. Morgan. This CD has been made possible through the generosity of Eloise M. Morgan, who wanted to fulfill her late husband’s dream of an album of Christmas music performed by the band.

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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.