Kekionga Steel Band
It started in Trinidad when the Natives of that West Indies Island found that you could make many different sounds by varying the shapes of 55-gallon oil drums. That and an unquenchable thirst for making rhythmic music created the sounds that have evolved into the Kekionga Steel Band.
Michael Horan, is in his second year as band director of Kekionga Middle School. The band consists of two, 6-set base drums, two 4-set cellos, two, 2-set double seconds and 2 lead drums.
The band consists of twenty-seven kids, from Kekionga’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The kids went through a one-month audition in order to gain a spot in the band, which has performed for many local organizations. Their program lasts for about 45 minutes and they have performed at the Fort Wayne Country Club, Abbot Elementary, Lakeside Elementary and at Indiana State University.
The drums were purchased from Panyard Drums of Akron, Ohio through a school grant. “The parents have been great,” said Michael Horan. “It takes about 15 adults to help us set up for a performance. We are the only middle school in Indiana with this type of band.”
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