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Steel Passion Brings Tropics to Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – On a brisk winter afternoon in Pleasantville, residents were given the sounds of a distant tropical island as they enjoyed the music of Steel Passion, an amateur eight piece steel drum band, that performed a concert Sunday at the Mount Pleasant Public Library.

“I think it’s great to have such a different and unique type of music here in Pleasantville,” said Debbie Jordan, program director at the Mount Pleasant Public Library.

Steel Passion has been performing steel drum music in the Hudson Valley area dating back to 1965 and with the current configuration since 1991.  The band is based out of and plays for the Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown.  Steel Passion has performed at many area fundraisers and fairs at venues such as The Music Hall in Tarrytown and the Kensico Dam Park in Valhalla. Steel Passion plays songs that range from traditional island tunes to popular cover songs by artists such as Jimmy Buffet and Barry White.

The free concert on Sunday was in front of a packed audience and Jordan said it was great to see so many types of people at the show.

“We like to put on events that are both entertaining and educational and I think this one is both,” Jordan said.  “It’s great to see people ranging from young children to adults enjoying the music.”

Kathy Hamilton, a member of Steel Passion, said the group shares the same passion of loving the unique sound steel drums make.

“The sound is just beautiful and it’s infectious,” Hamilton said.  “It’s so much fun.”

Karen Lisa of Hawthorne heard the sound of the drums while visiting the library with her daughter Zoe and said she was immediately taken to somewhere warm.

“We come to the library every Sunday and we heard the music so we had to come check it out,” Lisa said.  “It’s such a nice and relaxing sound, it makes you think about palm trees and being out on a beach.”

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