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When Dr. Snider and I were discussing the concept for a new CD, we knew we wanted to include some of the most requested tunes we perform. Often, when we perform people approach and ask for "Yellowbird" or "Marianne" or other "rum and coke" tunes. But we should put our own University of Akron spin on these classics. So we got some new arrangements together with the help of alums Tom Miller and Josh Quillen, old friends like Cliff Alexis, new friends like Jonah Koslen, and even current band members like Mark Halaiko. Of course, I would put my two cents in as well. So after finals are over in May, we get to work. A couple of rehearsals, a few days off and then into the studio!

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Hammer On Steel CD

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Hammer On Steel DVD

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Own the video that documents the history and heart of steel drum music and its journey from tropical Trinidad to northeast Ohio.

“Hammer on Steel,” is a single DVD featuring two programs.

 Set in Akron and the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, both programs feature The University of Akron Steel Drum Band. They are the first documentaries about steel drum music ever shot in high definition.

Documenting the compelling and conflict-torn history of steel drum music, “Hammer on Steel: Bad Boys and Genius” is a 30-minute documentary that explains the Trinidad-Akron connection and details the instrument’s early development in Trinidad.

The second program, “Hammer on Steel: The Concert,” captures the UA Steel Drum Band’s 30th anniversary concert with Calypso singer Relator and percussionist Andy Narell at E.J. Thomas Hall on the UA campus.

Forged less than 100 years ago in the heated struggle for independence in colonial Trinidad, steel drum music was often the source of tremendous conflict. As quickly as authorities seized and destroyed the handmade and hammered pans, Trinidadians would rebuild. Now the music has become a source of community pride, national identity, and economic development.

“We made ‘Hammer on Steel’ to tell the world about this wonderful music and the self-taught musicians who created it from the beginning — many of whom are now elderly and won’t be with us much longer,” explained Larry Snider, The University of Akron music professor who founded the UA Steel Drum Band in 1980.

 “We also wanted to tell the unlikely story of how the Caribbean sounds of the steel drums have also found a home in less-than-tropical Northeast Ohio,” said Snider.

Both “Hammer on Steel” programs were produced by Phil Hoffman, a faculty member in The University of Akron School of Communication and an Emmy award-winning documentary producer for Western Reserve PBS; Matt Dudack, the band’s artistic director and a faculty member and graduate of the UA School of Music; Richard Maurer, an audio engineer and graduate of the UA School of Music; and Snider. Tim McCarty directed the concert footage.

Support for the programs was provided by The University of Akron’s Office of the President, College of Creative and Professional Arts, School of Music, and School of Communication;

The Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust; Radiation Oncology Physicians, LLC; Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn; and numerous individuals.

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Live at EJ Thomas CD

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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.

Special Guests included: Andy Narell, David Rudder, Ray Holman, Cliff Alexis, Pan Ramajay, Nelson Braxton, and Kalani. This memorable concert is a Gem, and this timeless, Grammy Nominated CD captures the essence of this special event. Enjoy!!

List Price: $17.00
Price: $15.00

Puttin the Shoes On CD
Puttin the Shoes On CD
 
Puttin the Shoes On CD
List Price: $17.00
Price: $15.00
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Steel Drum Band 30th Anniversary Wristband

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Support the band by purchasing our 30th anniversary wristband!

"UA Steel Drum Band Celebrates 30 Years"

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Steel Drum Band Shirt

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Respect the Panman with our new "Hammer on Steel" shirt!

 

 

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List Price: $22.00
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Steel Drum Band Shirt 2

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 Be like Mia and support the band with our new shirt!  Designed by University of Akron art students!

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List Price: $22.00
Price: $20.00

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