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(updated 3/21/18)


Come check out the band at Copley Fairlawn High School this Saturday, March 24 at 8pm.  Special guests, the Copley Fairlawn Middle School Steelband with UA alum Mike Archinal!

We are also gearing up for the April 7th concert with Liam Teague and the Miami University Steelband!  8pm at EJ Thomas Hall!
We are also performing at the Miami University Panfest on April 14 at Miami University in Oxford, OH.  

Welcome our newest members:
new grad MJ Fabian from Humboldt State University, CA
and new undergrads Brendan Dulaney, Nick Manes, John Morrison, Nathan Patterson, Kaitlin Stuart, and Nick Stutzman

Check our schedule - lots of opportunities to see the steelband out in the community!

Robbie Greenidge!  
Here is a dress rehearsal photo of Robbie cooling off with our three graduate assistants:

Click here for a great feature on recent graduate Alex Fragiskatos and his future in pan!

Check out this cool pic from the 2015 spring concert.  Thanks, Mia!

Click here for a nice article about our recent performance at Glenwood Intermediate School!

Get our new shirt here!  It was designed by University of Akron art students!

Check out this great interview with our good friend, Mia Gormandy:
click here


Congratulations to the Dover High School Steelband!  What a great program and concert!  Here is a link to the video: http://youtu.be/1QmzH4GELT4


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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUxLg__XHqA

 

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.