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RIT Steelband Ensemble


This course is designed for beginning musicians who wish to understand the fundamentals of music and performance through the performance of steel drums. The instructor/band director will instruct students using both western music pedagogy and rote learning techniques that emerge from Caribbean music traditions. In addition to studying instrumental technique and individual band parts, students will learn about the history and development of the instrument from its roots in African drumming, its evolution through found instruments and discarded oil barrels, to its modern form and practice. Prior instruction is not required.

Audition Information: 

Ensemble Rehearsals: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM; SAU A130

Ensemble Membership: 

For more information, please contact the instructor: Ted Canning,

RIT Steelband Ensemble Concerts

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