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Have Some Pan Players Lost The Plot?

Started this discussion. Last reply by PJJ Jun 18, 2015. 14 Replies

The phrase "losing the plot" seems a bit strong in the context of these issues, but I am open to a more colloquial improvement after you have read this post. In the U.K, there was a huge appetite for…Continue

Tags: players, pan, associations, band, steel

Personality or Performance? Which do you prefer as a bandleader?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerry Tamar Aug 11, 2014. 7 Replies

In many sectors, personality is everything and especially when you are going for a job interview, one of the key things that they are looking for is personality. Everyone likes to hire a "people…Continue

Tags: musicians, bandleaders, players, pan, performances

Do you expect to be paid and fed when you go on a gig?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derry Etkins Jun 5, 2014. 15 Replies

I have heard some different views on this subject and would really like to hear what most people think that a professional service provider should be entitled to when fulfilling a contract to perform…Continue

Tags: food, steelband, bands, steel, gigs

Does it annoy you when people use the phrase Steel drum band?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Gray Jun 7, 2014. 63 Replies

I wish to get a proper feel of the reaction to this question and would appreciate your response.As popular as it is, thousands of people searching on Google for this type of band would enter the…Continue

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Bandleader/Social Media Curator.
I run a simple steel drum band service as a business and have worked with some of the best pan players. I have also developed skills as a social media curator and enjoy creating content which surfaces on the first page of Google results. I have other business interests and enjoy working with people who are amongst the best in their sector. You can follow my social footprints via Twitter/bigsands or check out my comments on WST or other mainstream websites.


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How do you learn new songs on Pan?

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 5:30am 7 Comments

I have played music with many pan players and have been impressed with the level of skill and musicianship on the instrument, but not impressed with the performance of some well known melodies. My conclusion is that they have not invested enough time checking out the song and have relied upon melodies which they have copied from another player who did not investigate the song. What is your experience of this?

Some players convince themselves that they know the melody and they have no…


Steel bands - What is the future for steel bands?

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 1:30am 3 Comments

I believe that things have never been better for pan players and steel bands. With the convergence of social media marketing, this is a fantastic time for talented players to develop their networks and extend their profiles online. The biggest challenge with this is how to develop a USP and differentiate from the next band who is doing the same thing.



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