Toronto Steel Pan Vibrations

The pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from fifty five gallon drums. In fact, drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made. The pan is struck by a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip is unique to the class of pan being played. This skill and performance has been conclusively shown to have grown out of Trinidad and Tobago’s early 20th century Carnival percussion groups known as Tamboo Bamboo. The pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.

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