Department of Music

UT Community Steel Drum Band

Image of a student playing a steel drum in UT's Rocket Steel Drum EnsembleAbout the Ensemble

The steel pan, also known as the steel drum, has steadily been gaining popularity throughout the world since its invention in the 1940’s. The relative ease of the instrument to learn has made it popular as a way of engaging the community and teaching music to all ages. Dr. Aaron Ziegler, and the University of Toledo Department of Music, is beginning enrollment in the first steel band open to all high school and college aged students in the city of Toledo. In these classes students will learn the instruments of the steel pan family, groove playing in the engine room (percussion section), the history and development of the instrument, and will perform concerts for their friends and family periodically throughout the year. The University of Toledo Community Steelband will meet each Sunday evening from 5:30-7pm at a cost of $180 per 3 month session, and is open to any high school or college age student regardless of past musical experience. If you or your child is interested in joining this ensemble and would like more information please email Aaron Ziegler at: or call 419-344-8488.


Room 1023, UT Center for Performing Arts (main campus)
1910 West Rocket Drive
Toledo, Ohio 43606


Sundays 5:30-7 p.m.
Begins - TBA


Date TBA
Recital Hall, UT Center for Performing Arts 


None required - instruments are provided




Aaron Ziegler
Adjunct Professor of Music (percussion) UT Department of Music

Registration - Coming Soon

Please note - we have two registration forms below, one for adults (18 and over) and one for minors (under age 18). We need somewhat different information for minors than for adults. Please register accordingly. Thanks.

Pay Fees

Fees are $180 and are good for the whole semester. Fees for the semester are due by the first rehearsal. You can pay in installments of $60 each, or all at once. Click the link below to pay fees by credit card (DISC, MC, VISA). You will be taken to the UT Department of Music Online Store. To pay by check, make check payable to The University of Toledo and put Steel Drum Band in the memo area. Bring the check to rehearsal or mail to the address below.

Pay Steel Drum Band fees with credit card

Mail Checks to

The University of Toledo
Department of Music
Attn: UT Community Steel Drum Band
2801 W. Bancroft St., MS 605
Toledo, OH 43606

Aaron Ziegler, percussionist and adjunct professor of music at The University of ToledoABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Dr. Aaron Ziegler is a percussionist, educator, and arranger based in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Ziegler currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Toledo where he directs the Rocket Steel Band and teaches classes in Ethnomusicology, and Jazz History. He also maintains a private studio of concert percussion, marching percussion, and drum set students of all ages. As a percussionist, drummer, and pannist, Dr. Ziegler has performed throughout the midwest including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Iowa and Ohio days of percussion. He has also performed internationally at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference 2011 and 2013, the Inaugural International Panorama Competition in Trinidad & Tobago in 2015, and served as the percussion adjudicator for the 69th annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in Hong Kong, China in 2017.

In addition to his active performing and teaching schedule, Dr. Ziegler is also a steel pan arranger and composer with his pieces published through Alfred Music and MauMau Music. His arrangements are frequently featured in steel band concerts throughout the United States, and his article “Idiomatic Harmonic Arranging for Double Second and Triple Guitars” will be published by the National Society of Steel Band Educators later this year. Dr. Ziegler received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy with a secondary area in Ethnomusicology, as well as his Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toledo. Dr. Ziegler is a proud endorsor of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets. For more information about Dr. Aaron Ziegler please visit 

Last Updated: 10/30/19