InsideOut of the Lunchbox: The Vanderbilt Steel Drums Band

Watch video of the most recent presentation in the InsideOut of the Lunch Box series – The  Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band – which took place on March 21.

The Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band program was formed in Fall 2004 and is under the direction of Mat Britain. They bring musical styles such as Calypso and Soca from the Caribbean, with emphasis on music and history from the island of Trinidad. The Steel Drum, or Steel Pan as it’s more commonly known in Trinidad, was not born overnight but was developed out of necessity and the burning desire to create rhythm and music. In the last 70 years the Steel Band movement has spread from Alaska to Zimbabwe and all points in between. From grade school through college the Steel Band is becoming a popular part of many music education curricula. Watch as they discuss the history, diverse and expanding musical experience offered through the Blair School of Music.

InsideOut of the Lunch Box is a series of lunchtime presentations and discussions about the performing arts.