UK Steel Band

The University of Kentucky Steel Band, directed by Professor James Campbell, was formed in 1992 as part of the Percussion Studies Program in the School of Music. The UK Steel Band annually performs for over 5,000 elementary and secondary school students with their acclaimed program, Drums: West Africa to Trinidad.

The UK Steel Band presents this exciting school program that engages, educates, and enlightens students, faculty, and parents. Your school will follow a historical time-line that traces the roots of Afro-Caribbean music and society from West Africa to the New World. Much more than an exciting concert, this complete program emphasizes the nature of communication by allowing students to gather information through listening, participating, observing, and visualizing.

Often hailed as “…the best school assembly we’ve ever seen!”

Drums: Africa to Trinidad allows students to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, appreciation for, and sensitivity to a multi-cultural and global view.
  • Experience and participate in a “Call and response” musical demonstration.
  • Appreciate cultural differences and the value of the arts.
  • Recognize continuity and change in historical events.

Bring the UK Steel Band to your school. We offer a 55-minute school assembly program that will inspire your students and staff. The UK Steel Band also offers an expanded evening program for families, churches, and communities. Looking for entertainment for that special event? Inquire about the intimate, festive sounds of Blue Steel, our small group.

For information regarding bookings and fees, please contact:

James Campbell
105 Fine Arts
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Voice: 859-257-8187