Oberlin Steel, a steel drum band from Oberlin College, brought their annual spring tour to Cannon County High School. The band's tour has taken them to Nashville, Louisville, Ky. and Memphis.
The group plays in the tradition of the great steel bands of Trinidad, but also performs arrangements of salsa, calypso, and jazz tunes as well as original compositions and arrangements by band members. a dance band in the truest sense, Oberlin Steel performs at campus events and in the Oberlin area.
The band's visit was sponsored by Chamber of Commerce President Neal Appelbaum, an Oberlin graduate.
After months of rehearsing and performing, the band tours for the week of spring break in late March. Past destinations include Chicago, Boston, New York (the band has played at Avery Fsher Hall of New York’s Lincoln Center), Atlanta, New Orleans, among others.
Oberlin Steel performs for college and university audiences, nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, train stations, hotels, high schools, elementary schools, airplanes, weddings, stadiums, outdoor festivals and public spaces such as Central Park in NYC and the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.
The band usually has 12 to 16 members, including tenor, double tenor, seconds, cello, quads, and bass pan players, plus auxiliary percussionists and a set drummer. the group is large, but can usually fit into even small venues.