Fire & Steel at WWU

Steel drum band from Avon Park, Florida visits the campus

By: Becky St. Clair

Steel drums are upside-down 55-gallon oil drums hammered to just the right point to create different notes.

If you’ve ever thought sacred music and the exciting sounds of a steel drum band couldn’t go together, now’s the time to prove that theory wrong.
On Saturday, March 1, the Fire & Steel steel drum band from Walker Memorial Academy in Avon Park, Fla., will be playing for both church services, as well as performing a sacred concert that afternoon.

The band arrived Thursday afternoon in Spokane, Wash., and have made their way to the WWU campus. On Friday afternoon, February 29, the Florida band will have an opportunity to meet and listen to the WWU Steel Drum Band.

Under the direction of Leonard Cann, the nearly-30-member band from the other side of the country performs a wide variety of musical styles, including reggae, samba, sacred, Christmas, and even classical.

In 2006, the WWU Steel Drum Band had the privilege of touring to Florida and performing for the students of Walker Memorial Academy. This year, the academy students are taking the opportunity to return the favor.

Fire & Steel’s free sacred concert begins at 4 p.m. in the University Church on Saturday, March 1. They will also be playing 3-4 numbers for each church service that morning. The first service begins at 9:30; the later service at 11:45. Both take place in the University Church.

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