Every once in a while, the subject of where pan music is going, and future progress for the artform comes up.
I'd like to suggest that just about everything musically has already been done by the steelband, and progress lies in the steelbands staying musically current, and having a repertoire for every occasion, including the annual Carnival parade.
A case in point is this 1970 fusion album, directed by the legendary Ellie Manette.
This fusion of Steel and Brass featured a Tijuana Brass inspired sound that was popular at the time.
The music was popular hits of the day, and the sound and arrangements well stand the test of time.
Included are "Everybody's talkin'" (F.Neil) from the movie "Midnight Cowboy", "By the time I get to Phoenix" (J. Webb), and "Those were the days"(G. Raskin)