Summer Music Institute

steel band

Steel Band Camp


Date: June 10-14, 2019


Cost: $50


  • Session A: Grades 4-8 (as of fall 2019). 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Session B: Grades 9-12 (as of fall 2019). 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Day Camp Only: Grades 4-12

2019 Schedule

2019 Camp Director: Dr. Rick Kurasz


Steel Band Camp will consist of general playing techniques, historical background, some breaks for personal practice time, but most of all, rehearsing our tunes for the final concert.


Additionally, members will gain cursory knowledge about Trinidad, its musical culture, and more specifically, the history of the steel pan.


2019 Steel Band Camp Director: Dr. Rick Kurasz camp director


Rick Kurasz is currently Director of Percussion Studies at Western Illinois University. His duties include teaching applied percussion, directing the Western Illinois University Percussion Ensemble and the Western Illinois University Steel Bands. He received his B.M. in Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.M. from the University of Akron, and his D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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