Saturday, November 26, 2022

UNT’s Steel Drums featured in Symphony’s Pops Series

Experience the music of the Caribbean, test your limbo skills, and try your hand at a steel drum!  The Lewisville Lake Symphony Pops Series features the University of North Texas’ 2:00 Steel Drum Band in “Return of the Drums!” on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. 

The music includes Andy Narell’s “Coffee Street,” John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “And I Love Her,” Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va” and Christopher Herbert’s “Rant and Rave.”

The concert takes place at Lakeland Baptist Church, 397 South Stemmons in Lewisville, TX 75067. (Exit I-35E at Main Street.  The Church is a short distance along the southbound service road.)  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. The Symphony also offers a special $35 per family regardless of family size.

The University of North Texas 2:00 Steel Drum Band, directed by Mark Ford, is a very popular ensemble in the North Texas area.  The twenty-five-member steel band is comprised of undergraduate percussion majors at the prestigious UNT College of Music in Denton, Texas. 

In addition to numerous tours and performances at music conferences, the 2:00 Steel Band has also been featured at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.  UNT has been a leader in steel drum performance since the establishment of the UNT steel band program in 1982.  

In a memorable performance back in April 1990, the Steel Band joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a concert requiring 312 performers. The composition, ‘Prisons of the Mind,’ by composer Henry Brant required, in addition to the full Symphony orchestra, two brass bands and two UNT steel drum bands. The UNT ensembles were hidden in the Meyerson reverberation chambers near the roof of the hall.

You can see and hear the band via the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s web site at

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