Rockcreek Steel Drums

Beginner Steel Drum Band

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Beginner Steel Drum Band

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This unique music residency brings a steel drum duo to your school. Students learn the basics of steel drum playing and performance as they prepare for a final concert. A full sized steel drum instrument is provided for each student. The Beginner Steel Drum Band class learns methods to produce good tone and to play melodies using proper mallet technique. Basic percussion skills are taught using “Tamboo Bamboo” instruments. Students learn to read music symbols and charts from another culture while exploring Calypso music.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.

"The impact of the residency with Rockcreek Steel Drums is hard to put into words. Our students, including some of our most shy students, challenged themselves to learn new concepts and push beyond their comfort zone. They performed beautifully in front of more people than they would normally be comfortable being in a room with. I've heard only positive feedback of the experience and we look forward to working with Rockcreek Steel Drums in the future! ... Kevin Martin is a gem. This residency provided our school with just the kind of music experience we needed. I wish we could keep him year-round!"

Cindy, Principal, The Pathways School - Anne Arundel

"Kevin Martin was engaging and made sure that residency was appropriate for all the students involved. He also brought in guest artists to help and made sure that the students connected with the music he chose. He is an excellent teacher and motivator and shows passion and enthusiasm for his art. Kevin's passion for the steel drum, and music of the Caribbean will leave student's inspired to learn more."

Jennifer, Music Teacher, Imagine Discovery Public Charter