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The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra, directed by Dr. Dave Gerhart, performs PanSon by Dave Gerhart. The performance took place on Saturday, May 2, 2009 in the Mar...

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Comment by Sweet Eustace on January 25, 2011 at 3:19am
still nice effort with the A minor, a cautious slower speed, good hands in the front and middle, just a tip for the bass players , the hands need to be kept low and they should not strike till the sticks are directly above the notes, and shorter sticks or a shorter grip makes a less muddy sound same goes for the engine room, ok on the Aminor but needs a lil more work
Comment by Sweet Eustace on January 25, 2011 at 3:09am
 nice pans beautifull playing intelligent orchestration sounds like the old despers good distribution of notes, great performance,Dr dave you did well, for a non trini band, and white folks great, for a steel band on the whole this is sweet, missing is typical non trini attitude trying to show off, rather buckle down and get to business the way a real band needs to, keep up the good work
Comment by James Leyden on January 25, 2011 at 12:35am
Plenty of action---the group has its playing chops ---- the sound unfortunately does not measure up. Mic-ing a steel band, playing this intense kind of a tune is very difficult under the best of circumstances. What comes through is the a min, d min, E7th structure , the chromatic runs and the breaks. The details (technical skills of the players etc.) are for the most part lost. BUT everyone's having a great time. I just hope the players are protecting their hearing.
A player/arranger whose eardrums took a beating in the 70s and have been complaining ever since.
Comment by Tony Blackman on January 24, 2011 at 10:42am
I am hoping that panists from the Mecca of the Steelband, recognise the importance and emphasis placed on stuff such as the use and value adding effect of the term steel orchestra, the sheet musicians, and the cost attached to obtaining the sheet music.....We in Trinidad are very very talented, and most players are much more skilled than the foreign players, but we remain one step behind because we rely on skill only, we pay little or no attention to the real future of Pan....playing pan is all good, reading and writing music is the way forward to greater pan heights
Comment by Dave Gerhart on January 24, 2011 at 2:54am

I wrote PanSon while attending the 2004 CSU Summer Arts Program in Fresno, CA. The title PanSon is derived from the name of the instrument (steel drums are commonly known as Pans) and the style in which the piece is written (a Cuban Son). Little did I know that PanSon also translated to “big bellied man” in Spanish.

Sheet music can be purchased at Bachovich Music Publications.

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