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iPan Steel Band

The Limestone University Steel Pan Ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick K. Carney (Director of Bands/Associate Professor of Music Education) and assisted by Mr. Jonan Keeny (Adjunct Professor of Percussion). Students learn to play the steel drums (steel pans, or pans) in a variety of settings. There are two courses, Beginning Steel Pans (ME 130), which is open to any Limestone student, and Advanced Steel Pans (ME 131), which is by permission of the director only. Both courses reinforce music theory concepts and help teach improvisation, as well as familiarization with rote learning.

Comprised of LC undergraduates from all majors, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, the Steel Pan Ensemble has a diverse membership with varying levels of skill and background. The Steel Pan Ensemble is a performance-oriented course, focusing on repertoire from a variety of popular genres including music of the Caribbean and Latin American such as calypso, soca, reggae, and salsa. The Steel Pan Ensemble band performs in public and for various Limestone University events throughout each semester, and tours regularly nationally and internationally. 

The Steel Pan Ensemble is modeled after the Trinidad and Tobago competition bands using the basic instrumentation of pans (full spectrum), drum-set, engine room (percussion), and can include electric bass, guitar, and keyboards. Members learn steel pan performing techniques, as well as other percussion instruments, in a variety of music styles.


Created in 2005 by then LC Director of Bands, Dr. Douglas L. Presley, the ensemble was originally an outreach organization within the Department of Music, serving both the students and the community as a music education mechanism. In 2014, under Dr. Carney's leadership, the ensemble partnered with The Village School of Gaffney (K - 8) to create an outreach program for the 6th - 8th graders. Once a week, over a 12-week period, these middle school students participate in our beginning course on our campus. At the end of each period, an “INFORMance” is presented to the community to educate the value and importance of music in the schools. 

Please contact Dr. Patrick K. Carney at for possible performance and/or outreach projects. The Steel Pan Ensemble is always ready to perform!

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