Pan Masters can provide a small or large ensemble
depending on your needs. Normally our ensembles consist of various types of
steel pans, drumset, and percussion.
How much space does the band require to set
We require a minimum of 10 x 10 feet to accommodate our
Does the band need sound reinforcement?
Generally, our steelband does not need sound amplification
and we do not travel with microphones or a sound system. When we play at outdoor
concerts, a sound system may be used if it is provided by the client. If you
require a microphone for announcements and cannot provide this yourself, please
let us know in advance and we may be able to accommodate.
What else does the band require at a
We require parking for a 14-foot Ryder-type truck.
What kind of music does Pan Masters
We play a variety of music. From calypso to jazz, pop to
reggae, any kind of music can be played on the steel pan and we strive to
provide a diverse mix of music to showcase the capabilities of the instruments.
Our calypso selections are drawn from some of the latest tunes from Trinidad, as
well as some old-time classics from calypsonians such as Lord Kitchener. Our
repertoire is similar to what you might hear today from the best steelbands in
Trinidad. Our musical arrangers have learned their art by playing with some of
these bands, such as the Renegades and Desperadoes steel orchestras.
Does Pan Masters take requests?
The players in Pan Masters generally learn music the way
that most steelbands in Trinidad do: by rote (ear). Our musical arrangements are
quite intricate pieces that have taken weeks to put together. That's why we
sound so great! Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for us to take requests
on the spot for songs that are not in our repertoire. Just as a symphony
orchestra is a complex group and it would be difficult for them to accommodate
an on-the-spot request, it is the same case for Pan Masters Steel Orchestra.
However, if you have any special songs that you would like to hear at your
event, please let us know when you are booking the group and we may be able to
accommodate your request.
Can people dance at a Pan Masters
Yes, and it is highly encouraged! However, if any portions
of your event require a more mellow, laid-back mood, please let us know and we
can accommodate that as well.
How long does the band play for?
Generally, we play in sets of 45 minutes, with a 15-minute
break between sets. If you would like music to be played during breaks and are
unable to provide a CD player, please let us know. We can also make
recommendations for DJs
How much does it cost to hire the band?
Please contact our bookings department; we will work
directly with you
Why should I hire Pan Masters for my
Whatever the occasion, Pan Masters will provide musical
entertainment that will make your event an unforgettable experience. We have
been performing professionally for 22 years, and have the reputation of being
one of the top steelbands on the east coast. Our organization is also recognized
as an important cultural institution in the DC area.
I'd like to hear the band, but I can't attend any of
your upcoming public performances. Where can I hear the group?
Our panyard is open to the public when the band has
practices. These are generally on Friday evenings, but for the most current
practice schedule, please contact the steelband coordinator.
What kind of events has Pan Masters performed
Bluemont Concert Series, Institute of Musical Traditions
Concert Series, Presidential Inaugurations, weddings, birthday parties, pool
parties, schools, bar mitzvahs, DC Caribbean Carnival, Brooklyn J'Ouvert
Carnival Parade, the Smithsonian, and countless festivals!
Do you provide any educational opportunities about
We always say that we love to educate while we entertain.
We are happy to make presentations at our performances about how our instruments
are made, where they come from, and we explain about the cultural traditions
associated with them. There are a lot of misconceptions about this instrument,
and we feel it's our duty to educate our audiences. We have played at countless
schools and cultural festivals for this purpose. Please also see our section on