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 – Spring 2019  

  • Sunday, FEB 10 – Monday, FEB 18:  Steel Pan Ensemble at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (Victor Provost and members of the Mason Steel Pan Ensemble – cultural exchange) 
  • Saturday, MAR 23, Time tbd:  Mason Jazz Festival (Harris Theater, de Laski 3001)
  • Wednesday, APR 10, 8pm:  Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble (de Laski 3001, Free and open to the public)
  • Saturday, MAY 4, 5:30pm:  A Musical Feast (School of Music Fundraiser, de Laski 3001)

DEPARTMENTALS (12:30 – 1:20pm, Harris Theatre, MUSI 300 credit, Free and open to the public) 

  • Wednesday, APR 10:  Steel Pan Ensemble (de Laski 3001) 

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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)



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