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Steel Pan

Steel Pan - As someone who was a choral student in high...

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Anthony Cavallaro MUSI 1004 November 11, 2008 Steel Pan Performance Reflection Out of all of the performances we have has thus far this year, I enjoyed the steel pan performance the most of all. This performance was much less formal than our other lecture style performances and this casual environment was much more inviting. The history and background of steel pans provided during the performance was very informative. I found the progression of the steel pan through history, from a mistakenly bent baking pan to instruments mass produced from a template, very interesting. I was surprised to hear that steel drums were made from oil barrels as a result of these barrels washing up onto the shores of Trinidad during World War II.
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Unformatted text preview: As someone who was a choral student in high school, I found interesting the fact that the steel drum band was divided into soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections, much like a chorus. The performance itself was very enjoyable to experience. The very unique sound of the steel pan brought me back to family vacations on cruises to various Caribbean islands. I relived memories of sitting poolside listening to natives of these tropical nations play various familiar songs on the steel drum. The unique sound, coupled with the energy of the performers was very engaging and enjoyable....
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