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Have you noticed that the signal for steelbands to start any performance is always the sound of someone beating iron to get the timing right?
Why don't they start by using the instrument itself to kick-start performances?
I find the sound of iron beating at the start of a performance distracting and unprofessional. What do you think?

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Why not start with the iron? Why is this unprofessional? Was not the steelbands born out of the iron band? There is nothing like hearing the count of iron before the tune starts. It is unique to panorama and the steelband. This is not the London Philharmonic? This is panorama.
WOW! Well said, Pan Woman. Your point is very, very valid. It certainly is a unique start to a unique musical art form.
The count at the beginning of a steelband performance is not always an iron. Some use toc tocs and others strike the skirt and/or rim of a pan to count off their bands. With the canopies and the sheer amount of players used during Panorama, a method must be used in which all players can hear the count and begin at the appropriate time.
I have also seen some conductors employ a silent count during the World Steelband Music Festival and other events where each and every player can actually see the conductor of a band.
Thanks Kern.
TO GET THEM PLAYER'A READY'''''''''''''PLUS ITS RHYTHM''''''''''''LIKE THE CONDUCTOR STICK''''''''''IT CONTROL DE BAND''''''WHEN YOU HEAR THAT TING''' YOU KNOW ITS TIME TO PLAY''OR CATCH A PART'''TO A TUNE'' OR STOP DE BAND''' ITS PART OF PAN''' ASK CORY DE IRON MAN'''

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