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.


Performing Arts events at RIT have been canceled or postponed while campus is closed due to COVID-19. To give you an idea of the types of events that RIT generally hosts, please visit our Events page for a small sample of previously-scheduled performances.

Audition Information

Prior instruction not required, no audition necessary. The first socially distanced open rehearsal of the Spring 2021 semester will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 3:30pm in SAU A130. Please contact the director, Mr. Ted Canning, for additional information or to sign up today!


3:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, SAU A130

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Ted Canning
Ted Canning
Director of Steelband Ensemble
Applied Music Instructor (Percussion)
College of Liberal Arts