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Steel Band

The Steel Band includes 18 players and features 4 lead pans, 2 double seconds, 2 cellos, one bass, and engine room. The band performs a variety of musical styles including calypso, soca, pop, classical, and Latin. 
 
The Gigging Steel Band is a select group of 6 players and is a professional ensemble available for hire. The Gigging Steel Band is active in the fall and spring semesters and performs on campus and in the community. The Gigging Band was founded in 2003 and featured on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know radio show for an estimated 1.5 million listeners during a live national broadcast in 2004.
 
The Clemson Steel Band has recorded 3 CDs: Steelin' the Spotlight, One Small Step for Pan, and Pan Overboard.
 
The Clemson Steel Band performed with steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague in April 2016 and has also performed with Tom Miller, Chris Wabich, and Arthur Lipner among others. 
 

"Learn to Play Steel Drums" Workshop

Instructor: Dr. Paul Buyer, Director of Percussion 
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Times: 10 am - 2 pm
Location: 112 Brooks Center
Workshop fee: $60 per person; lunch is included


This hands-on workshop offers participants the opportunity to take part in a steel band rehearsal and learn how to play steel drums. Topics include instruments of the steel band, basic pan technique, instrument construction, steel drum history, and rote learning. In addition, audio and video examples will be presented. Reading music is not required. 

Ages 14 and older only. Students 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited! First 9 paid registrations will be accepted.

Registration forms are available hereParticipants must register to pay with a credit card by Friday, May 12, 2017. Checks must be payable to Clemson University and sent to Paul Buyer, Director of Percussion, Clemson University, 118 Brooks Center, Clemson, SC 29634 by Friday, May 12, 2017. For more information, contact pbuyer@clemson.edu or 864-656-3857.

CDs AVAILABLE HERE

Ensemble Information

Ensemble Director: Paul Buyer

Email: pbuyer@clemson.edu

Auditions Required: Yes