ONLINE UPDATE - March 28
The WKU Steelband, nicknamed “Red Hot Steel,” will perform at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Apr. 1 in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. The concert – which is part of the Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series – is free and open to the public.
“This is a high-energy group that will lift your spirit,” said LWC library director Phil Hanna, who also chairs the cultural affairs series. “The last time they performed on campus was extremely popular.”
Founded in 2004, the WKU Steelband has performed its Caribbean-style music for thousands of listeners. The 14-member ensemble is directed by WKU professor Mark Berry, who has taught percussion and steeldrums and has worked with. Ellie Mannette, a native Trinidadian known as “the father of the modern steeldrum.”
The group started with eight steeldrums, which were handmade from 55-gallon oil barrels by a master craftsman/tuner. The ensemble’s eight instruments included two lead pans, two double-second pans, one triple-guitar pan, one triple-cello pan, and two sets of six-bass. The ensemble has since added six more instruments.
The WKU Steelband released its first compact disc recording last fall.
The Western Kentucky University Steelband will perform at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. For more information, contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-384-8012.