First Fridays Steel Drum Concert at the Custom House
Date: 5:00pm EDT April 4As part of the Chestertown First Fridays Celebration, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Music at Washington College present Steel Revolution, the college’s own steel pan ensemble.
Join us on the Custom House lawn for an early spring outdoor concert down by the Chester River as we present Steel Revolution, Washington College’s Caribbean-flavored steel pan ensemble.
Steel Revolution is the steel band of Washington College. Made up primarily of students, the band offers an opportunity to explore the Trinidadian steel band tradition. The ensemble performers a variety of styles including the music of Trinidad, Reggae, Latin American music, popular music arrangements, and classical music arrangements. Now in its second year, the steel band has added new arrangements as well as new instruments and is looking forward to bring the music of the islands to Chestertown.
Ensemble director Dr. John Leupold, II has explored a blend of modern “classical” music, popular music, and world music with rhythms. As an educator, Dr. Leupold has taught music theory and composition at various institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, and Anne Arundel Community College. As a percussionist, he has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and as an ensemble member. He currently performs with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra. He has studied steel pan performance in Trinidad and Tobago and tabla performance with Pandit Sharda Sahai in London, England.
The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large. For more information on the Center, visit http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu.