The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

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It’s here! Spring concert time!

Spring concert time!  Tomorrow at EJ Thomas Hall at 8pm.  You can purchase tickets HERE or at the box office before the show.  Michael Spiro …

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Special VIP package! For the first time since 2019, The University of Akron Steel Drum Band will be live, on stage! Join us for the …

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Annual Spring Concert Time!

Our 42nd Anniversary Concert! Thanks to all who braved the snow and came out to the concert at the Akron Civic Theatre last month.  We …

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Check out our new masks!

Fall 2021 is rolling along! With a performance at Lock 3 in Akron for the UA community and awesome shows at the Barberton Mumfest, we …

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Welcome to Fall 2021!

Welcome to Fall 2021!  Everyone is excited to be back on campus and we have a bunch of performances this fall semester.  Welcome to Emma …

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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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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.