Created in 2008, the Statesboro Steel Carribean Ensemble gives Statesboro High students the opportunity to be exposed to a unique instrument. Thanks to support from Principal Marty Waters and the generosity of the Statesboro community, we were able to purchase a full set of Steel Drums (commonly called “pans”).
Our pans were made by Tropical Hammer Steel Drum Crafters – they were hand built by master craftsman Tom Reynolds. Statesboro Steel combines these unique instruments with a full rhythm section to perform a variety of Trinidadian soca and calypso, Jamaican reggae, Latin jazz and American pop tunes. One of our fans once said “everything sounds better on Steel Drums.” We couldn’t agree more.
Statesboro Steel is an extracurricular activity that forms, rehearses and performs during both semester. Membership in the ensemble is open to students enrolled in the percussion class or one of the band classes. Membership can also be extended, at the director’s discretion, to other SHS students that possess a special musical talent. The ensemble rehearses after school 1 or 2 days a week from 3:15 PM to approximately 4:30 PM. Participation in the percussion class is highly recommended, as extra rehearsal time is often provided during this class.
Statesboro Steel is available for booking during the months of September – December and from February – June depending on personnel. Since we’re a school ensemble (minors under 18), there are certain venues we aren’t allowed in – please contact the band office for details. Depending on your group, we work for food – and we LOVE donations!!