Steel Pan Music
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- Musician Type: Caribbean
- Show/Info: Steelpan musicians are called pannists. We have solo performers, duos and up to eight players.
- Achievements: Steel drum players can include guitar, keyboard, and bass for a variety of music including Caribbean Islands pop, rock, show tunes, top 40 and classics.
- Performs: Steel drum Caribbean music classics and top 40 and pop
Steelpans (also known as steel pans, steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steelpan musicians are called pannists. We have solo performers, duos and up to eight players. Steel drum players can include guitar, keyboard, and bass for a variety of music from many genres including top 40, Caribbean Islands pop, rock, show tunes, and classic music melodies. The modern pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums.
Trinidad and Tobago Instrument
The pan is struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the class of pan being played. Some musicians use four pansticks, holding two in each hand. This skill and performance have 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.