The University of Akron Steel Drum Band will perform a free concert on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 245 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls. The public is invited.

This ensemble of 20 percussion majors is dedicated to performing the musical art form of Trinidad and to educating people about the history of the steel drum.

Matt Dudack, artistic director, and the band are preparing for their second annual spring concert at EJ Thomas Hall on April 8 and offer this pre-concert as an opportunity to see the band up close and personal.

Dr. Larry Snider, director of percussion studies at the University of Akron, founded the Steel Drum Band in 1980. At the time, it was one of only three colleges in the U.S. to have a steel drum ensemble. It is one of the nation's oldest collegiate panorama-style steel bands.

Enthusiastic audiences of all ages have grown per performance making this ensemble a major force in the cultural and entertainment community of Akron and Cleveland. The March 18 concert is part of the Concert Series at First United Methodist Church which is supported by a patron program and freewill offerings. First Church is located at the corner of Portage Trail and Third Street, with parking on Third Street.