steel drum

noun

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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The band brings a message of love and positivity through their Caribbean music, including reggae, calypso, soca and steel drum music. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s club serves meal at Ronald McDonald House," 3 July 2019 Guests may explore the Great House, take a tour to the roof, sip rum cocktails on the back terrace, and enjoy live steel drum music. BostonGlobe.com, "North Calendar: Yappy hour returns to Lynnfield," 20 June 2019 During deer season in November 1985, a hunter in Allenstown discovered a steel drum with the remains of a woman and a young girl just inside Bear Brook State Park, known for its bogs, lakes and trails. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The identities of four murder victims remained a mystery for decades. Now authorities have some answers," 6 June 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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steel drum

noun

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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