Dr. Larry Snider founded the University of Akron Steel Drum Band in 1980. At the time, it was one of only three colleges in the U.S. to have a steel drum ensemble. It is one of the nation’s oldest collegiate panorama style steel bands.
All of the band’s steel drums are exclusively built and maintained by Cliff Alexis, a master tuner, arranger, and composer.
This ensemble of more than 20 percussion majors is dedicated to performing the musical art form of Trinidad and to educating people about the history of pan.
Enthusiastic audiences have grown from about 50 in 1980 to over 2000 per performance in 2003, making this ensemble a major force in the cultural and entertainment community of Akron and Cleveland.