Steel Drum Bands

Founded in 2001, the Winchester Steel Co., under the direction of CEO, Todd Phillips, has become the premier high school steel drum band in central Ohio. The list of notable performances include: an inauguration reception at the Ohio Statehouse for dignitaries and invited guests of the Strickland/Fisher administration; opening for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the historic Southern Theater in 2004, and at the Columbus Zoo for the JazZoo concert series every year since 2006. The band shared the stage with Pro Musica, Contemporary American Theater Company and Opera Columbus when they accompanied BalletMet YouthMet! dance ensemble in a performance in 2004. The Winchester Steel Co. has appeared as featured performers at the Lancaster Arts Festival since 2003. They have also been pleased to present several concerts for area schools, local festivals and private parties.

Spring 2016

The Winchester Steel Co. has worked with many world-class steel pan educators including Andy Narell, Tom Miller, Ray Holman, Chris Tanner, Jim Munzenrider, Alan Lightener and Tracey Thorton.

        The 32-member ensemble performs an average of 15 times per year in both full band and combo-size groups throughout central Ohio.

        Because of the tremendous popularity of the Winchester Steel Co., the steel band program also includes the CW Middle School Band, the CW High School Beginning Band and our Adult Community Band.  The department is committed to creating excellence in Music Education using the Academic Content Standards laid down by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Winchester Steel Co. has recorded six CDs: Open for Business, (2002), Steelin’ U Away (2004), Pan Paradise (2007), Live, (2008), Viva la Steel, (2010) and Message in a Bottle (2014).  

Excerpts for our lastest recording, Message in a Bottle.                                                         

  1. Zero
  2. Marrakesh Express
  3. Spain.mp3
  4. (Nothing But) Flowers
  5. Laventille
  6. When Last We Spoke.mp3
  7. Message in a Bottle.mp3
  8. Sea Journey
  9. La Samba.mp3            

The Winchester Steel Co. is excited to announce

it’s upcoming major concerts for the 2017-2018 School Year.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017     Lancaster Arts Festival     Noon

Friday, August 4, 2017     Opening for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Zoo     6:30pm

Saturday, September 2, 2017  Canal Winchester Labor Festival     Noon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017     Holiday Jam - Canal Winchester HS    7pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018       Miami University - Steel Band Festival   TBA

Tuesday, May 15, 2018    Spring Jam - Canal Winchester HS    7pm

There will many smaller concerts through out the year.  For more information on performances and how to book an event, contact us at:  We can also be reached through our FaceBook page.  Be sure to ‘Like’ us to find out all about our group.

For a listing of the entire Canal Winchester Performing Arts Department concerts and rehearsals: CWPerforming Arts Calendar

CWPA Admin 2016