Hi fellow pan lovers. The Peace Drums Project is an initiative to bring peace through music, wherein Muslim, Christian and Jewish kids in the Middle East are learning to play steel drums TOGETHER as a band. Their first USA concerts will be in April in New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. Come and listen, and support their efforts through donations. Learn more at http://peacedrumsproject.org . Thanks!
Added by Mike Cook on March 13, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments
Hi all, I've been told by many pan players that to avoid your drum going out of tune, never allow direct sunlight on your pan, although it's okay to play in the shade in very hot weather. What about cold weather? Is there any guidance on a cold temperature threshold not to play in outdoors? Thanks!
Added by Mike Cook on October 8, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments
Thanks to friend and fellow pan player, Curt Laub, for this quick and easy reference to chords.
I played for the first time with a band, for a musical service at our house of worship. There were 8 of us instruments (mandolin, bass, banjo, two guitars, two bongos, and me on steel pan). It was the first time a steel pan has ever played in one of our services, and everyone was smiling and swaying to the sounds of my pan. So many happy people afterwards. What a blessing!
Added by Mike Cook on June 7, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments
Well, after practicing pan for 11 months, I finally had my first gig (a friend's kids graduation party). I am SO glad that I worked my way up to this in phases. Phase 1: in the park for strangers. I started playing at the local park in front of passerby's. I worked through the butterflies, and the occasional mistake as a person might stand 2 feet away to see me play, or lifted their kid next to me to see into the pan as I played. I made a bunch of mistakes, but it was all fine in front…Continue