There's something about the tintinnabulation of a steel drum that transports the listener to the sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean. And there's no doubt that magical quality has contributed to the recent rise in popularity of steel drum bands at college campus across the U.S. "There's just no sound like it," says Deborah Loach, a music instructor and the director of the steel drum band at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "When we play, people come up and thank us. They say they're more relaxed, or it reminds them of a cruise they took to the islands." Each semester, the band forms anew from students who opt to take the once weekly, half-credit chamber ensemble class for steel drums. Some are returning players familiar with how the drums are played; others are first-timers lured by the instrument's unique appeal. Either way, all are welcome.