Steely Pan Steel Band performs Oct. 8

Article Published: Sep. 30, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Steely Pan Steel Band performs Oct. 8

ASU's Steely Pan Steel Band performs Oct. 8.

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The Steely Pan Steel Band celebrates its 25th anniversary with an Oct. 8 concert at Appalachian State University.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Admission is $10, which will support tuning and upkeep of the steel drums, and travel to perform at area schools and other venues.

Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, online at  or at the door the night of the performance.

The band is an ensemble within Appalachian's Hayes School of Music. It is directed by Dr. Scott Meister.

The reunion performance, part of homecoming activities at the university, will feature performances by former members of the band, including Jonathan Scales, a professional steel pan drummer and composer, and former band members who are now members of the music faculty at universities in the United States.

The evening will feature a variety of audience favorites that have been performed over the years. Tenor Randall Outland from the Hayes School of Music also will join the group.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 20 performers and 40 steel drums.

The ensemble has performed at universities, art festivals and schools throughout the South. They were featured at both the North and South Carolina Music Teachers Conventions and have given clinic/performances at Percussive Arts Society's Day of Percussion.

The Steely Pan Steel Band was sponsored by WSOC TV in Charlotte as part of the city's Spring Fest and performed on the Fourth Ward stage.

In 1984, Meister and several of his percussion students began making their own steel drums from 55-gallon orange juice barrels. The ensemble gave its first concert on the steps of the Broyhill Music Center in March 1985.

Later on, paint and ink barrels were used to create the drums. Red and black paint was randomly thrown and dripped on the barrels to hide their dents. The abstract design has become a trademark of the Steely Pan Steel Band.

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