University Relations // 12.1.17
For some years, Dr. Michael Haldeman hoped CSU would be able to add a steel band to the Horton School of Music. This past summer, the Board of Trustees approved the funding and just before the Thanksgiving break, the first CSU Steel Band Concert filled the air with sounds of the islands.
“I was very happy with the response to our performance,” says Haldeman. “At the end of the concert, nine or 10 students came up to me saying they want to be in this band.”
Currently, about 14 members play the steel pans that produce the happy, lyrical, laid-back music. The primary reason Haldeman sought to start such a program is because steel bands are so popular in public schools. “Our percussion majors need exposure to this style of music. It will help our students secure a job,” Haldeman believes. “Having this exposure to this training makes a difference with those hiring music teachers.”
More than 200 students and others attended the concert. The style of music is fun, and Haldeman is certain it will be done again. As a matter of fact, he’s already thinking of other events where the band might be appreciated.