Steelband Performs in Usdan (with video)

Wesleyan’s Music Department held a Student Steelband Concert Dec. 9 in Usdan University Center. Eric Charry, associate professor of music, directs the Trinidadian steelband and class.

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In center, Anthony Edwards ’11, plays the double tenor pan for “Tobago Jam.” Pictured in the back, left, is Job Ogutu ’12 on a set of cello pans.

Heather King ’11 plays the double tenor pan.

Sarah Politz, graduate student in ethnomusicology and teaching assistant for the course, directs a “This Feelin’ Nice.”

The steeldrum is played with wood or aluminum mallets wrapped with rubber, which allows the instrument to resonate. (Photos by Olivia Drake)