Steel Drum Ensemble

Island Culture

The Steel Drum invokes mental images of island seascapes, tropical breezes and relaxed living.

The SMCC Steel Drum ensemble got to experience all of those things when they traveled to Puerto Rico for the second time last year.

The history of the ensemble, has its roots in the Caribbean when the instruments were developed in Trinidad in the 1940s.


The Steel Drum Ensemble is the most versatile of the groups in the Fine Arts Department. Rehearsal is as laid back as island culture and performances, while scheduled in STEEL DRUM ENSEMBLE The Rhythm is Here advance can be planned in short order. The group performs at on-campus events like the annual crawfish festival. Bear Necessities Day, local schools, churches, and community events.

Science Lab For Musicians

This ensemble is ripe with experiments. The students are all experiencing something new in this class. Not one student who joins the ensemble has ever played steel drum (do you have one at home?). Students learn improvisation concepts with the steel pans, and the songs learned in class tend to evolve over the course of rehearsals, changing with suggestions from students who tried something new.

The Ensemble

Ensemble The group is populated by music students and student musicians from the band, choir and stage band who are adventurous and aren’t afraid of a challenge. For information regarding the SMCC Steel Pan Ensemble, contact Mr. Joe B. Raymond III