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Congratulations to recent graduate, Thomas Russell! He just landed a middle school band director job in Iowa! Congratulations as well to Joey Fox who will be studying at McGill University in the fall! Other graduates include Clay Chabola, Laura Runion, Jordan Morrison, Colin Dees, and Blaine Klein - great job and welcome to the cowbell clan!
Here is a backstage pic from last spring's concert:
during the Cliff Alexis Tuning Project last spring:
other stories of note below:
The power of music:
"Watched your special on WGTE, loved it. Do you have a schedule for this school year and where can I buy a CD. My wife went into a diabetic coma in 09 and is bedridden. When we were watching the special I seen in her eyes if she could move she would be dancing her heart out so I would like to purchase a CD or DVD." - Dave Sellers
"Hammer on Steel" was nominated for 8 Emmy awards! Thanks to all who were involved.
Check out this cool video from Akron's First Night Celebration!
Here are a few testimonials about "Hammer on Steel:"
"your dedication and perseverance parallels that of the men and their traditions that are so beautifully laid out in this documentary and the U of Akron students imbued the respect for the history and music not only in their performance, but on their faces - no audience baiting or playing for self-gratification stardom, it was clear they were living the music and all that it imbues" - Michael Udow
"Hammer on Steel" is testament to the power of belief, perseverance, love and respect.
It traces the history and development of University of Akron Steelband(formed by Dr. Larry Snider) while simultaneously paying homage to the birthplace of the steelpan, Trinidad and Tobago, and to its pioneers. An amazing narrative on strong link formed between two seemingly separate and different countries and cultures. A must see for any serious aficionado of the steelband..." - Liam Teague
Be sure to become a friend of "Hammer on Steel" and "The University of Akron Steel Drum Band" on facebook.
Special thanks to all who worked on "Hammer on Steel." It has been a labor of love and everyone's passion with the project is evident by the wonderful documentary and concert which aired on PBS.