We’re honored that our legendary steel drum band, Roots of Steel, celebrated Black History Month with one of our sister schools in the community. Boyton Middle School invited our students to performed live during a school-wide celebration, and presented a workshop on the history and development of the steel drum. This was s a great opportunity to share the sweet sounds of the Roots of Steel and for our students to engage and co-celebrate our social justice mission.
To learn more about the history of the steel drum, we recommend several online resources:
- Ellie Mannette, Founder, Master Builder, & Tuner (www.mannetteinstruments.com)
- Steel Drum History (www.steeldrumshop.com)
- Steel Pan History (www.toucans.net)
- A brief history of the steel pan (BBC News)
- Steelpan (Wikipedia)
In addition to what New Roots students shared about the history of Steel Drums, students also had an opportunity to learn about Capoeira from a talented group from New York City, called Afro Brazil Arts. They’re a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire wellness, leadership, and community through Mindful Capoeira made accessible to people of all ages and abilities.