steel drum


Definition of steel drum

: a musical instrument originally developed in Trinidad that is played by hammering raised and tuned portions of the bottom of an oil drum

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Each is a very aggressive steel drum with this delicate silk thread strung across the opening to serve as a light diffuser. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Designing a Modern Kitchen," 22 May 2014 These traditions are still alive today, evident in elaborate headdresses and costumes, chanting, and the pulsing rhythms of steel drums. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer," 24 June 2018 The series kicks off with a Caribbean-themed event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, including tours of the Great House, rum drinks, and steel drum music., "Be a Red Sox for a day, attend a tea ceremony, dance like it’s 1776," 22 June 2018 From steel drums to stilt walkers, Trinidad and Tobago provides lively entertainment for the whole family and brings the festive music of the Caribbean to the heart of Harford County. Aegis Staff, The Aegis, "Ladew Gardens sets its 2018 summer concerts," 29 May 2018 The students played various type of steel drums with various other type of percussion instruments and played several songs as the festival closed Saturday evening. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Watch Park View Intermediate Steel Drum Band perform at San Jacinto Festival," 26 Apr. 2018 Too many times their fathers had come home after carrying steel drums of leaking trash and maggots on their heads. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Watch: Children of the Memphis Sanitation Strike Share Their Stories," 8 Mar. 2018 A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into the steel drum and plastic tote refurbishing industry revealed dangers to plant workers and nearby residents and sparked action from federal, state and local regulators. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barrel refurbishing investigation into Wisconsin plants reveals risks, leads to action," 11 Jan. 2018 Cornell’s steel drum program and its bands have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally. Pomerado News, "Local students earn college honors and degrees," 15 Feb. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of steel drum

: a metal drum shaped like a bowl or barrel that makes different sounds when it is hit at different places

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