Summer Music Institute

steel band

Steel Band Camp

Date: June 8-12, 2020

Cost: $50


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

Day Camp Only: Grades 4-12 - Schedule

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.

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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