EDUCATION AFRICA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE EDUCATION AFRICA INTERNATIONAL MARIMBA AND STEELPAN FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ST BENEDICT’S COLLEGE, BEDFORDVIEW WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD AND 4TH AUGUST 2013 AT ST BENEDICT’S COLLEGE, HARCUS ROAD, BEDFORDVIEW, GAUTENG
Register now at THE 2013 EDUCATION AFRICA INTERNATIONAL MARIMBA AND STEELPAN FESTIVAL WEBSITE: www.internationalmarimbafestival.org
[2 February 2013]
A 60 minute step by step 'how to' VIDEO "How To Make Your Own Steel Drum" (#V1010). Hosted by David Beery, owner of Smarty Pans.
This unprecedented 60 minute 'how to' video shows the entire process of how to make a professional single tenor pan in 18 simple steps.
Includes information on finding a barrel, shaping, sinking, tuning, chroming and much more. Visit at: www.smartypansmusic.com
[20 July 2009]
A video introduction to steelpan making by Ryo Sonobe
The Japanese tuner Ryo Sonobe has made a nice 2-minute video showing the basic steps of his making and tuning of a high tenor pan (bore model).
[7 July 2009]
New Web Site on Steel Pans launched!
Steel pan educator Gaye from Jamaica has set up an informative web site on steel pans at www.steelpan-steeldrums-information.com
This is how she describes the site:
Got questions about the steel pan (steel drums)? Or are you just curious about this new and innovative instrument? Steelpan-steeldrums-information.com is your one-stop resource for tips and information on how to play the steel pans, its history, how they are made and much more!
[14 June 2009]
Making a Steel Drum Steel Pan Tenor Pan - video by IsDePanInMe
Nickname IsDePanInMe has published a YouTube video showing the making of a tenor pan, where a young Ray Holman describes the set-up of the notes on the Tenor Pan.
[9 July 2009]
Get your sticks from Maracas Sticks
[30 December 2008]
Row-Loff Productions releases catalogue on steel band arrangements
Row-Loff Productions, Foremost in Marching and Concert Percussion Literature has released a catalogue with arrangements for steel drum ensembles.
[25 December 2008]
Researchers at University of Texas and PanYard, Inc has done some experiments with a pan manufactured in aluminium and has written a scientific article about their findings. Unfortunately, the article (linked from the heading) is not free to read, but you can read the abstract if you follow the link.
[15 September 2007]
Steel Pan Drum Modern Manfacturing - Pan tuning film on YouTube
A modern way of making the Steel Drum/Pan that was invented in Trinidad & Tobago in the 1930's. Submitted by VibesTube
[15 September 2007]
Sune Borregaard has made som very nice solo recordings of Bach sonatas on his alto (double tenor) pan, tuned by Rudy Smith. You may listen to the recordings on Sune's blog and even subscribe to his news feed and podcast, so you get notified when he issues a new recording. Enjoy!
[12 May 2007]
PanKAT - The World's first MIDI Pan Controller
Some great minds invested plenty of time to create the panKAT, that will be available to purchase in February. This instrument is now produced by a leading manufacturer of MIDI percussion instruments like vibraphones. Jazz player Dave Samuels is one of their biggest clients. Check it out at this link: www.alternatemode.com/pankat.shtml
[4 February 2007]
The Steel Drum Enters The 21st Century! Welcome to the birth of a new era in steel drums. Presenting a "proof of concept" electronic steel drum. Image having the sound and form factor of an acoustical steel drum, without the use of 55-gallon oil drums. See additional information and pictures at www.electricsteeldrums.com. Sound saples and video clips are presented at the page http://www.electricsteeldrums.com/additional.html
[3 December 2006]
Monika Nicoletti-Tung of Pan Jumbie has witten a net-based dictionary on Trinidad, Culture, History, Steel Pan, Carnival, Country, People, Personalities and more...
Monika has prepared the german original and Khalick J. Hewitt has translated it into english. Address: www.pan-jumbie.com/ABC/abc_intro.htm
[28 July 2006]
This instrument, a 20th century musical wonder, which was created in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1940s and is claimed to be its national instrument does not have a hall of fame in the land of its birth. Therefore, Khalick J. Hewitt have decided to establish The International Steelband Hall of Fame on an internet site to recognize the many steelbands, tuners, panists, leaders, pioneers, arrangers, composers and contributors who have given their talents, skills, creativity, money and energies to the growth and development of the steelband movement.
Brought to you by the courtesy of Pan Jumbie at: http://www.pan-jumbie.com/tishof/
[20 May 2006]
Pan in Education - CD recordings with music scores
"Pan in Education" is a double CD, one with audio recordings of 13 different bands performing arrangements of Mark Loquan's music, the other is an interactive data CD with the digital music scores of the arrangements (combined and by individual pan) which can be accessed via Finale (2002 & higher), MIDI, or PDF. Brief bios are also given on each arranger and steelband. Caribbean & Latin rhythms are also included.
The project is intended to be used by secondary schools and tertiary level locally and/or internationally, and the arrangements have been classified and categorized by level of difficulty according to defined criteria (done by the University of the West Indies, Centre for Creative & Festival Arts). Read more and order at: http://www.ecaroh.com/pan/panineducation.htm
[12 July 2005]
Caribbean Water Music in Norway?
This is Eckhard C. Schulz, ECS Steeldrums, pan tuner in Germany. He has manufactured this Steel Pan XXL - THE TWIN PAN - with a XXL body of tones.
It has a diameter of 1,15 meter, and consists of 25 kg metal! And there's a second one, it is a double set, and therefore he calls it the Twin-Pan.
Soon he will be heading for Trondheim/Norway with it. The Twin-Pan will be displayed on top of 4 meter pillars. It will be played by rhythmical water-jets of some special made nozzles.
The Twin-Pan, created in collaboration with Dr. Werner Homberg and the University of Dortmund was 4 weeks in the making. Alone to tune the lowest note Eckhard did spend 4 days, he fixed it 5 times because the metal teared.
No one can stop Ekki, he has more plans in his sleeves. Next dream is a jumbie pan with a diameter of 3 meters, supposed to go to Trinidad.
[4 April 2005]