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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Recent Examples on the Web Sanborne was introduced to the music in college and has played with steel drum bands at various events over the years. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Parkview Intermediate music director had a few steel drums and an idea," 6 June 2018 The experience was enhanced by the sound of an acoustic guitar and followed by the celestial tones of an instrument called the Hang, a convex steel drum played with the hands or soft mallets. Dallas News, "Costa Rican ecolodge is a sanctuary that reminds us why we travel in the first place," 20 Apr. 2020 The packaging industry is almost shut down, so everything from plastic packing to steel drums is running out, Mr. Wuttke said. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "‘Like Europe in Medieval Times’: Virus Slows China’s Economy," 10 Feb. 2020 The Merry Gentlemen bring the sounds of soca, calypso and reggae, blending steel drums and ukuleles with unique twists on holiday hits. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Dec. 16-22," 16 Dec. 2019 Categories include music education, brass, classical guitar, organ, piano, marimba/classical steel drum, voice, woodwinds, strings and a new scholarship in viola. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Tuesday Musical scholarships now open for Ohio college students," 18 Dec. 2019 Catonsville High’s steel drum band and Catonsville native and American Idol contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon will also perform. Taylor Deville,, "Catonsville community mural to be officially unveiled Saturday with live music, ribbon-cutting," 5 Dec. 2019 The tiny sounds of a steel drum emanated from a small patch of sandy beach placed next to Spectrum Stadium Saturday morning, greeting a small group of boosters and alumni. Matt Murschel,, "UCF breaks ground on McNamara Cove, lazy river around football stadium," 2 Nov. 2019 The musher parked and set to making breakfast for the team, a stew of fish and moose meat (the fur still attached) and warmed it in a steel drum. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "After the Last Cop Killed Himself, All the Criminals Have to Do Is Hide," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of steel drum

1952, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2020

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“Steel drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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