It was October 1989. On a typically cold and snowy fall day in Ithaca, New York, a young Kevin Martin, a student at Cornell, discovered a book in the school library. That book was Pete Seeger’s Steel drums - how to play them and make them written in 1964. With this book as their guide, Kevin and his brother Sean built their first steel drum to use in their band Bermuda Blue. After graduating with a degree in International Trade and Finance, Kevin pursued a career in his field, but the steel drum never left his mind. Over the years, he continued to build drums in his spare time. In 1998, Kevin left his investment job to pursue steel drum building and playing music full time.
Kevin launched Rockcreek Steel Drums that year and added the steel drum school a year later. Since then, Rockcreek has stayed on the cutting edge of drum production with the addition of high powered compression hammers and endless research into note layouts and patterns. At the same time, we respect and continue to learn more about the traditional building processes. To that end, Kevin took a tour as Artist-in-Residence aboard The World cruise ship as it sailed to Trinidad where he was able to research the history of the drums and examine the steel drum orchestras and panyards firsthand.
In the summer of 2008, Kevin joined sculptor James Brenner in his Chicago studio to help create two very large spherical steel tongue drums for a permanent musical playground installation at Mt. Greenwood Park in downtown Chicago. Click here to see a video of the opening day performance.
The detailed work involved in taking raw metal and transforming it into a finished steel drum is staggering, but the result is well worth the work. Being a part of the evolution of this instrument and teaching people to play the steel drum is the focus of Rockcreek Steel Drums.
1290 Bay Dale Drive, #355
Arnold, Maryland 21012
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