Monthly Archives: December 2015


Steelband Magazine

By | 2018-01-28T18:13:15+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Categories: News and Views|Tags: |

Steelband Magazine Steelband Magazine Featured Posts of The Month Steelband Magazine Steelband Magazine Steelband Magazine High Tenor The high tenor (also known as a soprano pan) is the highest pitched of the steel drums (steel pans) with a pitch range of D4 to F#6, that is, up to two octaves and a major third from D above middle C (C4). Its predecessor actually contained fewer notes which were within the tenor range. However, the name "Tenor" was kept despite the higher range of its descendant, the soprano pan. The notes of this pan is arranged in the cycle of 4ths, going clockwise. The high tenor pan is a lead instrument and normally carries the melody. However, these steel drums can easily play a harmonic role depending on the desire of the music arranger.The high tenor is commonly used by pan soloists. Low Tenor The Low Tenor, which has a pitch range from C4 to E6 has notes that are arranged in the same order as the high tenor. The function of this steel pan is the same as that of the high tenor and it is also used by pan soloists. Creative News Steelband Magazine Video News Steelband Magazine World News Steelband Magazine Steelband Magazine Steelband Magazine Double Tenor The Double Tenor, which was invented by Bertie Marshall, uses 2 drums and has a pitch range from F3 to B5 or up to two octaves and an augmented 4th from F below middle C. These steel pans have a distinctively pleasant sound, which makes them very appealing to pan soloists. The double tenor can be used to carry the melody, a harmonic voice, for counter melodies or for chords.In the latest standardised version of the double tenor steel drums,the Eb note is on the left hand pan and the F# is on the right hand pan. In an earlier version of this pan, the Eb is on the right hand pan and there was no F#3. So you went from F3 to F#4 to G3 and up, which broke the continuity of the range. There is even a double tenor which has the lowest F# (F#3) on the left and the other F#'s on the right, with the Eb also on the right. So, if you decide to play this pan you must be mindful of its variations. The arrangement of the notes on the double tenor is not symmetrical, which makes it one of the more difficult instruments to master. The Double Second Pan This steel pan was invented by Sonny Roach and uses two drums, each of which carries the [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

By | 2018-01-10T11:57:30+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: |

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions is an important section of this website that seeks to pose and answer some of the more common and popular questions Steelasophical are asked on a regular basis.   Are you on any any agency books? Another area that sets us aside from many. More than 90% of our booking are direct with the end client. It can be counted on one hand the Agencies we partner with that have permission to use Steelasophical marketing information to attract visitors to their website.   Are you on social media? Youtube – FaceBook – Twitter – Pinterest – External Blog –   Do you provide a Written Contract for services? Absolutely!  Steelasophical will always provide a Contract for services.  Once the details of the event have been finalised, a Contract will be drawn up and signed by the client. Our Contract will clearly state times, dates, location, pricing, any additional equipment required, contact information, and any guarantees and Terms of Agreement. The Contract will be written in plain language to avoid any misunderstandings.   Can you provide music for ceremony? Yes, we can provide music for your ceremony which includes for brides entrance, singing of the register and exit of wedding party. We will also have background music playing pre ceremony while guests arrive, mix, mingle, take to their seats, and wait in anticipation for the arrival of the bride   Do you display your company banner at events? YES & NO Our banners are appropriate and serve as a great visualisation and information aid. Clients are delighted for their guests to be able to see and read things such as Steelasophical being the band having music in a James Bond movie, or about live TV performances. Adds to the performance and brings kudos to the client being perceived as someone who has secured quality.   How early will you arrive to setup? This is one of the key areas that sets us apart from most others. We believe in early arrival which caters for unforeseen circumstances en-route (Traffic, breakdown etc) – even if this means waiting in the car until the location space/venue becomes available! –  we do not do the “Meh Soon Come, laid back, West Indian timing ting’ Example for the Steel band: Start time 20:00 Set up by 19:30 Agreed arrival 19:00 Aim to arrive 18:30 Actual arrival time iro 18:00 Example for the Caribbean Dj: Start time 20:00 Set up by 19:00 Agreed arrival 18:00 Aim to arrive 17:30 Actual arrival time iro 17:00   Do we have to provide a meal? Light refreshments are welcomed but not mandatory and standard bookings. On longer arrangements such as all day weddings or exhibitions, this will be negotiated prior   What sets Steelasophical music apart from other companies? Steelasophical philosophy is simple, offer the most elegant, professional, value service event and keep the focus on the client and not the band or Dj. We also take a very personal approach to every event. Steelasophical was [...]

Steelasophical Steel Band Testimonials

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:38+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: |

Steelasophical Steel Band Testimonials Steelasophical Steel Band Testimonials Great band! really worth the booking! thanks! Simon 10/10 Thank you for arranging the music for us. We had a wonderful day. Lizz 10/10 Great music, with lovely musicians! Thank you. Jess 10/10 Brilliant - everyone commented how great the duo were. Many thanks- definitely book again in the future. Nathan 10/10 Caribbean Steel were excellent and everyone at our corporate summer party loved the music, would highly recommend them. Samantha 10/10 The band were booked for the wedding reception of my son and new wife. The guys were brilliant, music was excellent, they were very smartly dressed and so pleasant to deal with. From the initial booking of the event I was kept updated, the manager Gary responded straight away to any queries I had. Overall a very professional band. I would not hesitate to recommend them. Price wise, they were also one of the best and charged only half of what other bands quoted. Arlene Dixon 10/10 would like to say how much the band was enjoyed. Extremely positive feedback from the attendees of the function. Please pass on our thanks and feedback to the band. Julie 10/10 Thank you Sarah Jane for the easy booking and cheerful responses to my endless pre-booking questions, and to Gary for providing perfect music for my father's birthday. Lots of our guests commented on what fun it was to have calypso music. Gary is delightful. Thank you. Jessica 10/10 The caribbean steel band played at our wedding on 6th October. We were only expecting a solo performance but were delighted when a duo played. Throughout their performance they went that extra mile. Would highly recommend this band for any occasion. Many many thanks for making our day even more memorable. Vicky and Rupert Claxton 10/10 We had the band up for our summer party last weekend and they were fantastic. Quick communication made organising the event as easy as possible, and on the day music was absolutely perfect! They judged the mood and the crowd brilliantly and played a wonderful set. Everyone has been asking when we will be having you back, so hope to see you soon! Max Gold (Univeristy of Birmingham) 10/10 The Caribbean Steel Band were professional and fun. Early on arrival and had a really neat set up. The guests loved them and were invited to drink after the performance. Top musicians! Alice Chattell (Freelance Event Planner) 10/10 Absolutly Fantastic !! Made the evening, everyone loved them and commented on. Thoroughly recommend. Music was awesome, smiley faces lovely and the outfits even better x Jacki Calvert (Wedding) 10/10 I hired these lovely musicians for my son's first birthday party in May. It was a great choice! They arrived ahead of scheduled, set up and played wonderfully! Everyone loved the music (which turned out to be a great choice for the little children as they were not scared and quite enjoyed the soft tunes) my son loved the steel drums and we all had a great time. Nilsa 10/10 [...]

Christmas Horse

By | 2016-12-07T10:16:18+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: News and Views|Tags: |

Christmas Horse Christmas Horse Christmas horse Here’s to learning something new today. 1. Leonardo da Vinci liked to draw horses. 2. An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human. 3. Horses can not vomit. 4. The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003. 5. Until the 1960’s Dartmoor ponies were used to escort prisoners from local prisons while they were on outside duties. 6. The word chivalry comes from cheval the French word for horse. 7. Chariot racing was the first Olympic sport in 680 B.C. 8. The Dubai World Cup is 6 million dollars, the richest horse race purse in the world. 9. Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter. 10. Like a fingerprint, every zebra has a unique stripe pattern. Christmas horse 11. To get an official measurement of a horses height, they must be measured without shoes. 12. Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day (more in hotter climates). 13. Horses teeth never stop growing. 14. Ragweed is responsible for more horse deaths than most other toxic plants. 15. It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof. 16. Horses have been found in cave paintings that date back to around 15000 B.C. 17. You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse. 18. Mown grass cuttings can cause colic in horses. 19. Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees. 20. According to Arabian folklore chestnut horses are the fastest and bravest of all colors. Christmas horse 21. Ponies live longer than horses and can live well into their 50’s. 22. The four horses of the apocalypse are said to signify the end of the world; conquest on a white horse, famine on a black horse, war on a red horse and plague on a pale horse. 23. A horse’s knee joint is the equivalent to a human wrist, and their hock joint is equivalent to the human ankle. 24. The gestation period for a mare is 11 months, for a female donkey it is 12 months. 25. Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn. 26. A small indent in a horses skin (usually on the neck or shoulder) is called a prophet’s mark and is considered good luck. 27. Mongolian tribes were the first to domesticate the horse, about 5000 years ago. 28. Legend has it that the Arabian horse was created by Allah, ‘out of a handful of the southern wind‘. 29. Horses have a great long term memory, (especially for places they were spooked). 30. The oldest horse on record lived to the age of 62 and died in 1822. 31. Horses thrive on routine, especially when it comes to food. 32. Giant white horses are carved in chalk on several hillsides in England. Some date back [...]

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:38+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Venue|Tags: |

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club, Abridge Road, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6BX Enquiries & Bookings – 0208 500 2549 Email – Web – ‘Steelasophical Caribbean were honoured to have been chosen to provide the musical entertainment for the wedding of Natalie and Dan. Booked to perform for both the wedding drinks reception (located on the mezzanine floor) and then to provide the musical backdrop throughout the wedding breakfast – our gift to the wedding party was to provide our trio in place of the duo! A nice touch was a vocal last song to leave the couple with ‘Stand By Me‘ Gary  Thanks very much for your performance yesterday at my daughters wedding , everyone thought the band were fantastic and are still talking about them now , absolutely brilliant Thanks again Mark and Kate  (parents of the bride) Natalie and Dan (bride and groom) We hope you will give us the opportunity to offer a memorable day for you, your family and friends, with our beautiful venue set in pleasant surroundings and an excellent service from the beginning through to the end of your day. The romantic setting, friendly, professional staff and superb cuisine offer the perfect wedding venue turning dreams of your perfect day into reality. The long stretch of driveway boasts beautiful views and gives reasoning as to why it is the splendid venue for any wedding. We pride ourselves on our professional standards and have a team of dedicated wedding coordinators who understand the importance of paying attention to the smallest detail. To ensure everything runs smoothly and to make your day truly memorable we also provide the free service of our wedding coordinator on the day. At Woolston Manor we cater for various events from small groups of 30 to 260. We can theme your event or you can just hire the room. Woolston Manor is the perfect location for your event set in 200 acres of beautiful grounds with lakes and a bridge the ideal backdrop for your photographs. We can tailor your event to your needs from a fairy tale setting with ice sculptures, or something different with sushi or salt beef bar. Our Packages Include A glass of Bucks Fizz & Fruit Punch on arrival Three-course meal selected from the Wedding Menu Coffee & Chocolate Truffles Half a bottle of House Wine per person One glass of House Champagne for the Toast Evening Buffet. Venue hire only is available at your request during our winter months open 7-days a weeks and our summer month’s 6-days a week excluding Saturdays. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a viewing of the venue which will give you a great opportunity to visualise your big day and view both Suites available. But most importantly sit down to discuss dates & packages available.   Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston Manor Steelasophical Wedding Venue Woolston [...]

Steel Band Shop

By | 2018-01-16T13:59:04+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: |

Steel Band Shop Steel Band Shop Redbubble is an online marketplace for print on demand products based on user submitted artwork. The company was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, and also maintains offices in San Francisco. It has proved to be the perfect platform for Gary Trotman to promote, display and sell his photographic designs. The picture of me was taken by Jeremy Trew All other photographs were taken at a time post 14th october 2008 when I suffered a severe wrist fracture resulting in major reconstruction surgery to have a plate and 8 screens placed within my wrist. I was unable for more than 3 years to perform as a pro musician due to recovering from the after effects of the surgery, cast and physio. My creative passion moved to the art of photography, and below is a small excerpt of the results.   REDBUBBLE online shop with Gary Trotman portfolio of art and photographic works for sale Steel Band Shop REDBUBBLE online shop with Gary Trotman portfolio of art and photographic works for sale Click here to enter our Redbubble Shop Abstract click here to enter our redbubble gallery stores Steelasophical Professional Limbo Dance Kit SteelBand Shop Manchester SteelBand Shop Guernsey SteelBand Shop Jersey Steel Band Shop Steel band hire UK SteelBand Shop Wycombe SteelpanBand Shop London

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hilton Hotel Wembley

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:39+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Venue|

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hilton Hotel Wembley Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hilton Hotel Wembley HILTON LONDON WEMBLEY LAKESIDE WAY, WEMBLEY, HA9 0BU, UNITED KINGDOM TEL: +44-20-81508090 FAX: +44-20-87330555 GRAND BALLROOM Perfect for almost any large event, our stunning 693 sq. m. Grand Ballroom offers an impressive capacity of up to 600 people for a banquet. This accessible space is entirely adaptable with special sets, lighting and advanced audiovisual equipment. Treat a smaller audience to the same exclusivity and ambience with a flexible, column-free venue that can be divided into three sections. Next to the Grand Ballroom, a pre-function area boasts natural daylight and a popular outdoor terrace. PLAN AN EVENT Ideally situated for business or leisure, Hilton London Wembley offers an excellent choice for hosting meetings and special events in style. Choose from ten flexible meeting rooms, all providing professional audio-visual equipment. In the Sky Bar 9 guests can enjoy an exciting range of drinks and take in some of the best views of Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena and the London skyline. Sky Bar 9 offers a unique atmosphere and is an ideal venue for private parties, celebrations or entertaining clients. It is only available by private hire. Our conference and events sales team will be happy to arrange your event. When the day's events are over, relax with a host of amenities in one of our 361 spacious guest rooms and suites. Discover a delicious range of fine dining options and excellent facilities – an unforgettable experience supported by friendly, professional service. Address: Lakeside Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0BU Phone:020 8150 8090 Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hilton Hotel Wembley Asian wedding at this prestigious location

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hornsbury Mill

By | 2017-01-16T22:11:32+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Venue|Tags: , |

Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hornsbury Mill Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hornsbury Mill Hornsbury Mill, Eleighwater, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3AQ 01460 63317 Steelasophical Wedding Day Music Steelasophical Wedding Day Music Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hornsbury Mill Beautiful West Country Wedding Venue in Chard, Somerset on the Dorset / Devon border Hornsbury Mill is the ideal venue for your wedding in Somerset. Your ceremony will take place either in the atmospheric candlelit Cornloft, or outside in the Gazebo in the landscaped gardens beside the lake with its beautiful fountain and curious feathered residents (weather permitting). We hold a Civil Wedding Licence, allowing for an all-inclusive, custom-made package for your marriage or civil partnership, reception, evening party and accommodation. You are offered excellent freedom of choice to create the special day of your dreams. Our complete and professional service means we are able to act as a single contact for all your arrangements. There is no need to co-ordinate separate wedding and reception venues, caterers, cars, transport and accommodation. Steelasophical Wedding Venue Hornsbury Mill Intimate Wedding Breakfasts for up to 40 guests are held in the Wheelroom, smaller parties of up to 30 guests in the Coachroom,  whilst larger groups of up to 130 guests can celebrate in style in the Lakeside Suite and Orangery. This Suite seats 130 guests for a sit down meal. The Lakeside Suite is perfect for your evening celebrations too, with capacity for 200 guests it has panoramic views of the beautiful floodlit gardens and lake. You will have exclusive use of the Lakeside bar and a disco booth & lights are already in place for that unforgettable evening party where you will dance the night away. Steelasophical Wedding Day Music Our experienced wedding organisers will take you through the planning stages and available options and will be close at hand to support and guide you on the day, leaving you time and energy to concentrate on yourselves and your guests. When it is time to retire, the 9 individually designed, ensuite bedrooms of our quaint Old Mill are home for the night for your guests while you take time to enjoy the luxury and comfort of our famous bridal suite. Steelasophical Wedding Day Services providing musical entertainment and uplighting for this gorgeous venue wedding drinks reception. The staff were amazed at how we transformed the room with lighting

Steelasophical Music Ceremony Wedding Package

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:40+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: |

  Steelasophical Music Ceremony Wedding Package Steelasophical Music Ceremony Wedding Package. Steelasophical is unique in that we offer a combination of Steel drums, vocalist and recorded music. We will set the timing of your chosen song to ensure the key words are heard at the right moment. The Wedding Ceremony Music Package includes Music as guests arrive, mix mingle and take to their seats (up to 40 minutes) Song of choice for the brides entrance Music during the signing of the register Music during the recessional/exit Learn More Steelasophical Music Ceremony Wedding Package Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event and your wedding ceremony is the absolute pinnacle of the day.  The tone set by a live musician cannot be replicated by an iPod or CD player, but we do also offer the option to have your fav song recording played through our special PA system. Live music heightens the anticipation in the air and touches every person in the room. If you want to create a moment you and your guests will remember then booking a live musician for your wedding ceremony should feature high on your list of ‘must haves’. Nothing creates a more magical moment than having your song performed live as you walk down the aisle. This is a moment you’ll cherish forever so it’s worth spending time selecting the right musician who can accommodate your wishes. Steelasophical is a seasoned wedding music provider who work closely with you to make sure your choice of music is absolutely perfect and can accommodate specific requests; this includes learning new songs and even specially arranging songs just for you. Popular requests to Steelasophical by brides: Bridal March Wedding March One Love (Bob Marley) The Wonder Of You Canon in D  (Pachelbel) Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole) Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder) Steelasophical acoustic duo performing at Carn Glaze Caves Steelasophical Soloist for bridal entrance Steelasophical acoustic duo performing at Carn Glaze Caves

How to Limbo Dance

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:40+00:00 December 25th, 2015|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , |

How to Limbo Dance Limbo Dance. How to Limbo Dance - Just How Do You Limbo Dance? By Steelasophical The History The Limbo (Lim-Bow) is a unique Afro-Caribbean dance, one thats a hot favourite at Caribbean and Tropical themed parties. Also known as "Under de Stick Dance" this has become a most popular form of audience participation at Tropical party events the world over. The limbos dates back to the mid to late 1800s in Trinidad. It achieved mainstream popularity during the 1950s It has its origins from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, where British and American forces took the form back to their home countries as a party dance piece. Limbo is a movement that is traditionally done at funerals or wakes and derives from the African legba or legua dance. If the Limboist makes it under the bar (usually a bar of fire) with ease, it means that the spirit has transitioned to the other side with ease. Today limbo refers to a dancer moving to a very up beat rhythm and dances under a horizontal bar or held by two people or (as we like to supported on stands. The dancer negotiates under the bar without touching or knocking it off the stand. If the dancer is successful, they must repeat this again and again with the bar being lowered another notch each time. Each dancer does this until there is only one left standing who has not touched the bar, fallen down, laid on the floor or used his/her hands to keep balance. On-lookers as well as other dancers would clap, cheer, egg on and sing while the dancer tries to go under the bar How to Limbo Dance How to Limbo Dance Limbo dancing is relatively simple, and involves a dancer attempting to bend low enough to stay below a bar held by two people or supported on two poles. The technique for a successful limbo dance is easy, but requires practice and concentration throughout the duration of the dance. Begin the limbo with your feet spread and lined up with your shoulders. During the limbo dance, you need to have a strong base in your lower body so that your upper body can bend properly. Keep your arms spread out from your body as you begin your approach to the limbo stick. This technique allows you to maintain balance as your back bends, and helps you avoid instinctively grabbing the stick if you feel off balance. Approach the stick slowly with deliberate, exaggerated steps. A common mistake for limbo dancers is to bend backwards too quickly and throw themselves off balance. Focus on each step, bending your legs and your back gradually as you see the stick ahead of you. Flatten your stomach as much as possible when your legs begin to cross under the limbo stick. Your abdominal area may become the biggest obstacle to a successful limbo dance because your bent back accentuates your stomach as you complete the dance. Maintain limbo posture until your head has passed completely under [...]