Steel Pan Ensemble

Students learn to play the steel drum (steel pan, or pan) in a variety of settings. This is a performance-oriented class, focusing on repertoire from a variety of genres including various musics of the Caribbean. The ensemble performs in public and for various School of Music events throughout the semester.  The class reinforces music theory concepts and helps teach improvisation, as well as familiarization with rote learning.

Steel Pan Ensemble, Fall 2018 – Photo by Suzette Niess

CONCERTS – Fall 2018  

  • Saturday, September 29, 5pm:  Arts By George (Latin American Ensemble/Steel Pan Ensemble student showcase, de Laski PAB, 327C) – Purchase Tickets or for more information, contact Susan Graziano, call 703-993-4188, or visit
  • Wednesday, November 14, 8pm:  Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble (de laski 3001, Free and open to the public)

DEPARTMENTALS (12:30 – 1:20pm, de Laski 3001, MUSI 300 credit) 

  • Wednesday, November 14:  Steel Pan Ensemble

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Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.34.21 AM(Victor Provost performing at the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.)

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.39.56 AM(Victor Provost – Guest Artist with the Texas Tech University Steel Pan Ensemble)



Purchase at, iTunes, Amazon or e-mail: dpurcel2@gmu.eduProceeds benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings.