Appalachian’s Steely Pan Steel Band to perform March 26 in the Schaefer Center

Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 3 p.m. March 26 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.


The program will boast a wide range of styles, from rock to opera. It will consist of music originally written or arranged for steel band. Hedgepeth is an adjunct instructor of percussion at Appalachian.

The Steely Pan Steel Band consists of 22 Appalachian students performing 41 steel drums and other percussion instruments. It performs often, not only at Appalachian but also at schools and arts festival around the state.

Among the selections will be Len “Boogsie” Sharpe’s “Birthday Party”; Roy Holman’s “My Band”; “Reptilia” by Julian Casablancas/The Strokes; and “Under the Sea,” which was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Hedgepeth also has programmed Phil Hawkins’ “Cha Cha Sandwich,” which will feature a solo by vibraphonist Miranda Stone of Garner. Other pieces to be played include Aldwyn Roberts’ “Pan in A Minor”; Ellie Mannette’s “My Paradise”; and “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” a traditional steel band number.

The program will conclude with Alphonsus Cassell’s “Hot Hot Hot.”