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Steelpan Ambassadors: The US Navy Steel Band, 1957-1999

Andrew R. Martin


“Maybe you won't like steel band. It's possible. But it's been said that the Pied Piper had a steel band helping him on his famous visit to Hamelin.” When the US Navy distributed this press release, anxieties and tensions of the impending Cold War felt palpable. As President Eisenhower cast his gaze toward Russia, the American people cast their ears to the Atlantic South, infatuated with the international currents of Caribbean music. Today, steel bands have become a global phenomenon; yet, in 1957 the exotic sound and the unique image of the US Navy Steel Band was one-of-a-kind. From 1957 unti ... More

Keywords: steel bands, US Navy, Caribbean music, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, calypso music, steelpan music, goodwill, public relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496812407
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew R. Martin, author
Inver Hills College