Forged less than 100 years ago in the heated struggle for independence in colonial Trinidad, steel drum music was often the source of tremendous conflict. As quickly as authorities seized and destroyed the handmade and hammered pans, Trinidadians would rebuild. Now the music has become a source of community pride, national identity, and economic development.
"Hammer on Steel: The Concert" is an hour-long concert film produced by Phil Hoffman to celebrate the 30th anniversary concert of The University of Akron's Steel Drum band. The program has aired on PBS affiliates across Ohio, including Western Reserve PBS and WGTE out of Toledo. The program has also received national distribution via the National Education Telecommunication Association (NETA) to PBS affiliates across the U.S.
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