Day of the Drum: UI Steel Band

Krannert Center celebrates percussion at Day of the Drum

By: Aditya Kashyap

Steel Band Setup at Krannert Center Lobby

This Saturday, I went to Krannert Center’s Day of the Drum and saw the UI Steel band perform. Hearing music from around the world was very enjoyable, and I had a great time listening to their music. They followed styles of calypso, soca, cha cha, and more. Other percussion groups played throughout the course of the day. The steel band had full group songs as well as a solo steel pan feature from Josh Quillen.

Josh Quillen, featured steel pan soloist
Schedule for the day’s programs

“Krannert Center’s Day of the Drum was first presented in 2009 based on C-U local Rocky Maffit’s vision of a multifaceted event that would celebrate the many global legacies of percussion while engaging the public in high-energy performances by some of the world’s greatest instrumentalists. Over the years, patrons have enjoyed several iterations of Day of the Drum, and Krannert Center once again presents this day-long encounter with percussion featuring energetic and engaging performances, a tap dance lesson and demonstration, an appearance by Maffit himself, and collaborations between UI School of Music and professional ensembles, all of which will culminate in an evening ticketed performance by the taiko drummers of Kodo.” (Krannert Center)

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