Steel Drums

By:Annette Perez Issue: Biennial of the Americas 2010 Section:City Exhibitions and Special Events Steel-Drums Not only was the Biennial permeated with art, but it was also filled with music. Ray Holman, a composer, arranger and steel drum performer from Trinidad and Tobago offered workshops during the Biennial to teach people the significance of the steel drums and how their history is important to the music culture. After the workshops, Holman performed a concert to highlight his music. Holman has won many prestigious musical awards, including the Hummingbird Silver Medal of Merit from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and a Pan Legend Award from the New York Folk Arts Institute and the U.S. Congress. He was also recognized for his musical contribution by the Republic Pan Fiesta in 2003.