Fall & Spring Sessions12+Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Room 280 and Kenilworth Square

This ensemble is open to all community members (ages 12 and older) and UW-Milwaukee students with an interest in learning the musical techniques and performance styles of folk and popular genres from different corners of the globe. Regular offerings include Trinidadian steel pan (Steel PANthers) and Guatemalan marimba (Marimba Pantera), with other offerings available on a rotating basis depending on instructor availability.


Rehearsals take place on Thursdays throughout the Fall and Spring semesters with options for participating in one or both of: Steel PANthers Steel Band and/or Marimba Pantera Guatemalan Marimba Band. There is a final concert at the end of each session. Please visit the University Community World Music Ensemble page within the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for full dates and details.


Jack Forbes Headshot
  • Lecturer, Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • Faculty Member, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
  • Co-Director, University Community World Music Ensemble
Alex Wier Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Percussion
  • Area Head, Percussion
  • Director, Percussion Ensemble & Steel PANthers Steel Band
  • Co-Director, University Community World Music Ensemble


Auditions are not required to join and no prior experience is necessary. You must be registered prior to the beginning of the session. Participation will be available on a first come-first served basis. Once slots are filled, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Community members & non-credit students:

Students seeking college credit should register by enrolling in one of the following:

  • MUS 464, section 802 – undergraduate students
  • MUS 464G, section 802 – graduate students