The History of the Steel Band by Verna Allette Wilkins, Michael La Rose


The History of the Steel Band by Verna Allette Wilkins, Michael La Rose

The steel pan is the only musical instrument to have been invented in the 20th century. The story begins in Trinidad, in the Caribbean, where the people first begin to use all kinds of metal objects to make music. They collected a wide variety of assorted tins and shaped them and tuned them until they were turned into musical instruments. From Trinidad, the mighty steel orchestra has spread across the world. Includes a CD of Sterling's Angels (children's steel band led by Pan Maestro Sterling Betancourt) playing a range of music.


This would be a splendid addition to the music section of any primary school library. It's aesthetic appeal - vibrant end pages, interesting photographs and bright artwork, quality paper and an uncluttered appearance - make it a pleasure to read and to own Books for Keeps

About the Author

Verna Wilkins is the author of 30 picture books and biographies for young people. Her books have featured on National Curriculum and BBC children's television, and been chosen among the Children's Books of the Year. She was born in Grenada and lives in London.

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Book Info


Contains Hardback and CD-Audio (Performance - spoken word)
56 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

5th April 2006



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