Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band Returns for Dinner Performance

Please note that the Center’s Lucas Mansion  and Educational  are closed  until April 1, 2020 in an effort  to safeguard  the health  of our staff and the public. 


Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will proudly present a dinner concert by Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band on Friday, April 3, 2020.

The public is invited to experience Steely Pan’s energetic and innovative compositions at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) beginning at 6:30pm. Audience members will enjoy a delicious buffet meal before Steely Pan’s performance of steel drum music ranging from contemporary, classical, and popular music set to pan.

Cost for attending is only $16 for adults and only $10 for students with dinner, the show, and tax included. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at (828) 632-6966.

Composed primarily of music majors, Steely Pan Steel Band is directed by Dr. Diana Loomer.  A former member of Steely Pan during her days as an undergraduate student at App State, Dr. Loomis brings a unique direction to the band.

Click to browse a photo gallery from previous Steely Pan performances:

Dr. Loomer was previously director of steel bands of both the University of Texas and Indiana University.

With an extensive background in world percussion, including areas such as steel pan, table, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African percussion, Dr. Loomis has been active member of the Austin Samba School, Maracatu Texas, and the Inside Out Steel Band.

Audience members will enjoy special arrangements of calypso, classics, blues, and rock and pop music.

Whether entertaining crowds at the Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival or at their annual dinner theater events, Steely Pan is always one of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s most popular performances.

This special evening of music is provided through the Center and the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts of Appalachian State University. The Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts was established and is funded by Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center founders, the late R.Y. and Eileen Lackey Sharpe.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email or visit

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts, Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, and the Friends of the Center membership program.  The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.