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Calypso Fever Comes to CBA

A new sound has been added to the CBA music department as a set of steel pans has been delivered.

After a year in the making, the set of twenty drums is now taking pride of place in the music department and staff and students will this week start making Calypso music.

The Caribbean instruments have been hand crafted by specialist Norman Stewart who bought them to life from their former incarnation as oil drums.

Hundreds of hours work involving a guitar tuner and a hammer went into making the 20 piece set.

Music director Clive Wears said the new instruments would be an asset to the school and hopefully encourage new students to get involved with making music.

He said: "To have a set of steel drums is quite unique as to my knowledge there is only one other set of steel pans in a Northamptonshire school.

"They have such a wonderful sound and when you hear them you are immediately transported to a hot Caribbean island.

"They are also an extremely accessible instrument and hopefully they will encourage students who have not yet taken up an instrument to become involved in making music."

A student band and staff band are set to be formed and the first sessions will take place on Tuesday, April 28.

The student sessions will take place every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm followed by the staff session from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

The first public performance by the steel bands will be at the Music for a Summer Evening Concert being staged at the Academy on Wednesday, June 24 at 7.30pm.