One of the primary missions of the Miami University Steel Band is to bring the experience of a non-Western music performance to regional youth. Since its inception the ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts in public and private schools throughout Ohio and Indiana. Students and teachers alike have responded to these performances with great enthusiasm, and the band has been invited to return to many a school.
These concerts are designed as educational performance demonstrations, and can be tailored to address audiences of any age group. Each performance lasts approximately forty-five minutes and covers the following topics:
1. historical development of steel drum instruments
2. introduction of the five basic steel drum instrument types (lead, double tenor, double second, triple guitar, bass)
3. introduction of steel band rhythm section instruments (drumset, congas, brake drum)
4. demonstration of idiomatic musical styles
The Miami University Steel Band reaches out to regional schools every year in early May. To find out more information, or to schedule an appearance in your school, please contact:

Chris Tanner
Department of Music
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3082
(513) 529-3027 FAX