The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Richland, Washington. We promote world music in the Mid-Columbia region through education and music performance. The organization currently sponsors four performance bands: two steeldrum bands (OK2Botay and Bram Bratá) and two marimba bands ( ‘Baduku and ‘Bahuru). Learn more about TCSBA or about the steel pan instrument.
Steel Drum and Marimba Classes
TCSBA offers steel drum and marimba classes for children throughout the year (Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring). Our classes teach music fundamentals in a fun, creative and energetic environment. Our instructors and student helpers provide hands on instruction to help students master new skills. Full details on the Classes page.
Schedule a Performance
All four bands are known throughout the Mid-Columbia region for their fun, musically rich performances. The bands perform at public events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Check out our calendar of public events so you, too, can enjoy our music. Or book your own performance. Our bands also perform for conferences, parties, wineries, fairs, retirement communities, telethons, weddings — you name it. Contact Us to schedule a gig.
It’s our 20th year!
TCSBA was started by parents of a great group of kids who needed a place to continue playing pan after they left elementary school. That idea created an organization that has now seen hundreds of kids pass through its ranks. As the years went by we added a second steel band for middle-school age kids, started teaching classes after school and in the summer, added the marimba instrument with a band and classes, and then a second marimba band!
We’re hosting a big celebration over Memorial Day weekend and we’d love to see you! Here’s what’s happening:
- All Four Bands Concert Friday, May 27 at 6:30PM – Flat Top Park in West Richland
- Studio Tour Saturday, May 28 at 11AM – TCSBA Studio (1857 Terminal Drive, Richland)
- Celebration! Saturday, May 28 from 4-6PM – Bethel Church (Requires pre-registration)