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Premier Wedding Steel Band for Hire UK

By | 2018-03-04T17:39:15+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Premier Wedding Steel Band for Hire UK Premier Wedding Steel Band for Hire UK Gary Trotman Email Premier Wedding Steel Band for Hire UK  Steelasophical Steel band and Caribbean mobile Dj Our Steelasophical Steel Band & Ambient music Dj is a full-time, modern, professional Music • Sound • Light • Entertainment Service, where 'We bring the Caribbean to you' with "Over Delivery As Absolute Standard. Steelasophical is not just a collective of musicians, but seasoned musical entertainers with the experience and ability to positively transform any occasion like no other. Steelasophical is uniquely versatile, we offer options of Steel Band (solo, duo, trio, fouro) which can be the traditional acoustic set up or, the most popular and unique format with Steelasophical professional studio quality backing music for a full band sound (for up to 500 people). In addition, Steelasophical Caribbean Music DJ service, professional Lighting, outstanding quality PA systems and even wireless microphones for speeches and announcements. "YOU'LL REMEMBER HOW WE MADE YOU FEEL" Although Wedding Day Music Specialists booking in to the 3 years Steelasophical is in demand for a host of special occasions from private garden parties of twelve people to corporate events of over 500, and public events of more than 2000. No matter the occasion, venue or age group, Steelasophical will help make your next event a success Gary Trotman (Creative Director)

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Wedding

By | 2018-02-26T00:20:58+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wedding Steelasophical Steel Band DJ Wedding Day Packages "You'll remember how we made you feel Steelasophical Weddings  Ceremony • Drinks Reception / Canapés • Wedding-Breakfast • Welcome Evening Guests • Evening Dancing  • Transforming weddings days with music, sound and lighting, from the pre ceremony to the evening entertainment. You will always remember how we made you feel Music • Sound • Light to Vow WOW Mix Mingle Wine Dine Dance If you want a special wedding Music service that truly and genuinely cares about the success of your wedding day, we should talk… 07540307890  Dear Gary, I just wanted to say again thank you so much for being with us today. You were just wonderful and everyone enjoyed it so much. we were so lucky to have you! You had such a lovely way of presenting and all the guests loved you!! Many many thanks for all the happiness you bring to so many. With very best wishes. Sally xx Now booking into the next 3 years! If you are leaning towards securing Steelasophical to help transform your day, be sure to confirm as soon as you can … On average in recent years, we turn down between 35-47 requests to book a Steelasophical service, due to being already booked! This has been amplified by the fact we are taking bookings and enquiries into the next 3 years. W e d d i n g  Steelasophical Steel Band DJ Wedding-Day Packages "You'll remember how we made you feel Wedding Day Options W e d d i n g Steelasophical Steel Band DJ Wedding Day Packages "You'll remember how we made you feel" Music for every aspect of your day Steelband ::: Mobile Ambient Music Dj ::: Wedding Singer ::: PA and Lighting Hire  ::: 4 part ceremony ::: Steel Drummer & Ambient music Dj: 1 – Welcome guests upon arrival, create an amazing atmosphere as they meet, mix and mingle then take to their seats in anticipation of the brides arrival.  2 – The brides grand entrance 3 – Signing of the register and while brief photographs are taken 4 – The bridal party exit lead by the new couple! ::: Drinks reception ::: Background Music For Your Drinks Reception: After the amazing high of the ceremony its now the first time to mix and mingle with family and friends as the new happy couple. Drinks will be flowing, light nibbles being served and photographs are being taken; what is missing? creating and maintaining the most perfect musical backdrop to bring everything seamlessly together. Trust in Steelasophical do provide that for you! ::: Wedding-breakfast ::: With a combination [...]

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Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins

By | 2018-03-26T15:19:09+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj Call:07540307890 http://www.steelband.co.uk Youtube - http://YouTube.com/user/Steelasophical FaceBook - http://FaceBook.com/Steelasophical Twitter - http://Twitter.com/Steelasophical Pinterest - http://Pinterest.com/Steelasophical External Blog - http://Steelasophical.WordPress.com Instagram - http://www.Instagram.com/steelasophical https://plus.google.com/+steelasophical https://www.youtube.com/c/steelasophical LinkedIn Steelband company LinkedIn Group - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8209346 https://www.linkedin.com/company/steelasophical-steel-band https://uk.linkedin.com/in/steelasophical Steel Drum Great Beach Music Video Steelasophical 1 Hour 47 mins ••• http://Steelband.co.uk ••• For Steel Band Hire UK contact Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pan musicians are called pannists. SONG LIST: And I Love Her, In The Summertime, Jamaica Farewell, Yellow bird, Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Carnival Steel Drum Band Yellow Bird - The Island Caribbean Steel Drum Band Yellowbird - Trinidad Steel Drum Band Yellowbird - Tropical Flavor Steel Drum Band Calypso Medley - Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drums Shake Shake Shake Sonora - Caribbean Steel Drums Sleepy Lagoon - Norman Luboff Choir Flamingo - Percy Faith Flamingo - Norman Luboff Choir Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin Beyond The Sea - Mantovani Beyond The Sea - Percy Faith Beyond The Sea - Ray Conniff Eternal Father - Norman Luboff Choir Victory At Sea - Robert Russell Bennett Music From When Lyrics Were Both Beautiful & Romantic! La Mer - Mantovali Sound recording 48:44 - 49:51 play match The Orchard Music On behalf of: ATRAÇÃO FONOGRÁFICA LTDA Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute Victory at Sea (orch. R.R. Bennett) - X. Fire on the Waters - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Sound recording 1:11:57 - 1:17:23 play match SME Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute Eternal Father - Norman Luboff Choir Sound recording 54:58 - 56:45 play match IODA On behalf of: Hallmark Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute Flamingo - Percy Faith Sound recording 43:16 - 45:44 play match Made In etaly On behalf of: TP4 Music Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute Victory at Sea (orch. R.R. Bennett) - VIII. Mare Nostrum - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Sound recording 1:30:35 - 1:35:00 play match SME Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute The Song Of The High Seas - Robert Russell Benett & RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra Sound recording 1:40:54 - 1:45:48 play match IODA On behalf of: Hollywood Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute Native American Flute Relaxation: Quiet Flute Melody for Sleepy - Soothing White Noise Sound recording 1:46:05 - 1:46:50 play match CD Baby Monetized by copyright owner Remove song File a dispute [...]

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STEEL BAND HIRE OXFORDSHIRE

By | 2018-02-18T11:43:39+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

STEEL BAND HIRE OXFORDSHIRE STEEL BAND HIRE OXFORDSHIRE Steelasophical Steel Band Hire Entertainment “We bring the Caribbean to you” Music • Sound • Light To Vow WOW Mix Mingle Wine Dine Dance Steel Drum Band (Solo, Duo, Trio, Fouro) Percussionist • Ambient Music Dj Vocal Entertainer • PA Hire • Lighting Hire  Steelasophical on facebook Click number below to call 07540307890  Click to email Abingdon Banbury Berinsfield  Bessels Leigh Bicester Blewbury Bodicote Botley Burford Carterton Charlbury Chinnor Cholsey Coombe Cowley Cuxham Deddington Didcot Eaton Faringdon Freeland Grove Harwell Henley on Thames Kidlington Kidmore End Long Hanborough Milcombe Milton North Leigh Oxford Temple Cowley Thame  Uffington Wallingford Wantage Watlington Witney Yarnton  ... and surrounding areas Live Music Venues Cowley Road - the old Zodiac, which has now sadly become a corporate venue and known as the O2 Academy. Great live music, always has a wonderful vibe, and had some good times there. Combibos has an open mic and live performance every Tuesday evening (circa 7:30 pm)during academic year. Run by Francie Jones, Balliol grad student. The Bridge Nightclub Oxford Town Hall. Thirst Lodge, by the Westgate Centre The Jericho Tavern, The Zodiac of course, Oxford Brookes SU. Moonshine 10 pin bowling alley, eynsham The biggest hang out musically for Oxford is the Zodiac on Cowley Road and some pretty well known bands come here from time to time.  Check out the Wheatsheaf for rock, and the Zodiac. I don't know shit about other music but i hear the Cellar has a bunch of Hip-Hop and other rubbish! Smaller places like the Wheatsheaf and the Cellar have some good local bands. Brookes Uni gets in some of the bigger names. Wheatsheaf. You can go here to watch not one piss poor band but three at a time if you're lucky. zodiac on cowley road - can be expansive, but good craic Zodiac, Cowley Road Wheatsheaf Arms, High Street The Zodiac on Cowley Road has club nights, local bands and big name artists.  the zodiac has to win- and, soon, the courtyard in bicester is opening up to host bands aswell. not to be missed!! :) Get real, can you read? This is OXFORD. The Cricketer's Arms has nice jazz. the best big venue is brookes, by a mile. the best small is the wheatsheaf, but it's a bit too small sadly. the zodiac is evil, but all the best bands play there. life's a bitch. Cellar is fun. Wheatsheaf is ok. Zodiac is a bit blah but the main big venue. I'm sure there's others.... Backroom & the Bully (Bullingdon Arms, Cowley Road to you non-locals)  Student Union at Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford Has to be the Zodiac--downstairs usually. The Wheatsheaf's good as well-they have good-if-unknown indie bands upstairs sometimes. Music venues in Oxford are pretty relaxed. Good if you're a quirky musician who doesn't want to leave the stage under a hail of [...]

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STEEL BAND HIRE BEDFORDSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE

By | 2018-02-17T18:31:07+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

STEEL BAND HIRE BEDFORDSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE STEEL BAND HIRE BEDFORDSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE Steelasophical Steel Band Hire Entertainment “We bring the Caribbean to you” Music • Sound • Light To Vow WOW Mix Mingle Wine Dine Dance Steel Drum Band (Solo, Duo, Trio, Fouro) Percussionist • Ambient Music Dj Vocal Entertainer • PA Hire • Lighting Hire  Steelasophical on facebook Click number below to call 07540307890  Click to email We cover... MK Postcodes Ampthill MK45, Barton-le-Clay MK45, Bedford MK41 MK42 MK43, Biddenham MK40, Brickhill MK41, Bromham MK43, Castle MK42, Cauldwell MK42, Clapham MK41, Cranfield MK43, De Parys MK40 MK41, Flitwick MK45,Goldington MK41, Great Barford MK44, Harpur MK40 MK41, Kempston MK42, Kingsbrook MK42, Kingsbrook MK44, Marston MK43, Moretaine MK43, Newnham MK41, Oakley MK43, Putnoe MK41, Queens Park MK40,Shortstown MK42, Silsoe MK45, Westoning MK45, Wilstead MK45, Wixams MK42, Wootton MK43  PE Postcodes Baston PE6, Bretton PE3, Buckden PE19, Crowland PE6, Dogsthorpe PE1, Eastfield PE1, Eastgate PE1, Eaton PE19,Farcet PE7, Fengate PE1, Fletton PE2, Glinton PE6, Gunthorpe PE4, Hampton PE7, Langtoft PE6, Little Paxton PE19,Netherton PE3, Northborough PE6, Parnwell PE1, Paston PE4, Peterborough PE1 PE3, Ravensthorpe PE3,Stanground PE2, Stilton PE7, St Neots PE19, The Deepings PE6, The Ortons PE2, Upton PE6, Walton PE4,Werrington PE4, Westwood PE3, Whittlesey PE7, Woodston PE2, Yaxley PE7  SG Postcodes Biggleswade-SG18, Caldecote SG18, Gamlingay SG19, Langford SG18, Northill SG18, Potton SG19, Sandy SG19  and surrounding areas. STEEL BAND HIRE BEDFORDSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE Now booking into the next 2/3 years Lets have a conversation today! ••• My personal Guarantee to you ••• If you are looking for the cheapest solution to your musical entertainment needs, Steelasophical is not the right fit for you. To put in bluntly, we do not swim in the cheap pool feeding off plankton!  “We are not ‘a’ steelband … we are ‘the’ steelband to have” Clients see our value and consider us an essential investment in their day, rather than a nice to have expense. Our exceptional entertainment services will make your day uplifting, unforgettable, fun, relaxing and amazingly successful.  If we both agree that Steelasophical have not made a positive and transforming difference to your event, I will refund you money – Guaranteed Gary Trotman STEEL BAND HIRE BEDFORDSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE Steelasophical Steel Band Hire We bring the Caribbean to you

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Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band

By | 2018-03-26T15:19:08+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band Facebook Summertime Steelasophical SteelBand Summertime Steelasophical SteelBand Summertime Steelasophical Steel-Band Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band Summertime, And the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' And the cotton is high Your daddy's rich And your mamma's good lookin' So hush little baby Don't you cry One of these mornings You're going to rise up singing Then you'll spread your wings And you'll take to the sky But till that morning There's a'nothing can harm you With daddy and mamma standing by Summertime, And the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' And the cotton is high Your daddy's rich And your mamma's good lookin' So hush little baby Don't you cry Summertime Steelasophical SteelBand Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band Summertime Steelasophical Steel Band George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess.  He’s the richest composer of all time (when you adjust for inflation), so what did he do differently? In The Sunday Times this weekend, you'll find this year's edition of the Rich List - one composer who most certainly would've appeared on it in his day was the great George Gershwin - and this is why: George Gershwin is one of the eternal legends of American music. He was a prolific writer, (some say he wrote up to six songs a day) and his music has been enjoyed by generations of music lovers the world over. His work ethic certainly kept the money flowing in, but it doesn’t quite explain the massive fortune that he accrued in his short life. You see, Gershwin wasn’t just rich, he was filthy rich. He's been ranked in several surveys as the highest grossing composer of all time (adjusted for inflation), streets ahead of Verdi, Rossini, Haydn and even Handel. So what was the magic formula which led to such wealth? Firstly, Gershwin’s music was outrageously popular. In 1919 his first big hit, ‘Swanee’ sold more than 2 million recordings and 1 million copies of sheet music. His folk opera ‘Porgy and Bess’ was also an instant hit, touring non-stop for three years after its initial run.

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Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day

By | 2018-03-26T15:19:07+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Bill Withers Lyrics "Lovely Day"   When I wake up in the morning, love And the sunlight hurts my eyes And something without warning, love Bears heavy on my mind Then I look at you And the world's alright with me Just one look at you And I know it's gonna be A lovely day ... lovely day, lovely day, lovely day ... When the day that lies ahead of me Seems impossible to face When someone else instead of me Always seems to know the way Then I look at you And the world's alright with me Just one look at you And I know it's gonna be A lovely day..... When the day that lies ahead of me Seems impossible to face When someone else instead of me Always seems to know the way Then I look at you And the world's alright with me Just one look at you And I know it's gonna be A lovely day...... Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Steelasophical Steel Band Lovely Day Gary Trotman Steelasophical Steel Band Hire Soloist with a full band sound Lambada Steelasophical Steel Band Synopsis Born in 1938 in West Virginia, Bill Withers served in the U.S. Navy before launching his musical career. He put out his first album, Just as I Am, in 1971, which featured the hit "Ain't No Sunshine." More hits soon followed, including "Lean on Me" and "Lovely Day." Withers teamed up with Grover Washington Jr. for the 1981 smash "Just the Two of Us" before retiring from performing later that decade. Early Life and Career Born on July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, singer-songwriter Bill Withers is known for such hits as "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." He is the youngest of six siblings who grew up in a small coal mining town. As a child, Withers had a terrible stutter, a speech problem that plagued him well into adulthood. Withers lost his father A miner, when he was only 13 years old. Four years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for nine years. Withers moved to Los Angeles, where he started penning songs and making his own demo recordings. He later explained to Billboard that he started writing his own material because "I couldn't find any songs that didn't sound like all the others." To fund his musical efforts, he worked on building toilets for airplanes. His songs eventually attracted the attention of Clarence Avant at Sussex Records, and Withers landed a recording contract with the label... read more [...]

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BEST EVER Wedding Advice from REAL Brides

By | 2018-01-22T14:06:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

BEST EVER Wedding Advice from REAL Brides BEST EVER Wedding Advice from REAL Brides Steelasophical Weddings Music • Sound • Light To Vow WOW Mix Mingle Wine Dine Dance Call: 07540 307890 Email: Gary Trotman BEST EVER Wedding Advice from REAL Brides Make time together a priority. Budget for a consistent date night. Time is the "currency of relationships," so consistently invest time into your marriage. Always wear your wedding ring. It will remind you that you're always connected to your spouse and will remind the rest of the world that you're off limits. Remember that marriage isn't 50/50— divorce is 50/50. Marriage has to be 100/100. It's not splitting everything in half, but both partners giving everything they've got Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage. Share moments of joy. And even in the hard times, find reasons to laugh. BEST EVER Wedding Advice from REAL Brides You may have already been advised to make sure to take some time for your partner during the big day. But try to make some time just for yourself, too. One of the things I found during the wedding was that from 7am I had no time to myself. There was always someone in my room, always someone who had question, always a well wisher and always someone ready with a camera. It can become difficult to keep energy levels up when you're "on show" for twelve or more hours at a stretch. I found myself wishing for a few minutes every few hours or so just to be able to go somewhere quiet and collect my thoughts / recharge my batteries / have a glass of water / check my lipstick or just be uninterrupted for a few minutes so I could then enjoy the day more. Like most Offbeat Brides, I've had a little love-in with nearly all my vendors. I simple cannot believe that they've taken some sketchy brief and come back with designs, flowers, decorations, etc., that completely surpassed my expectations. After the wedding I wrote each one an incredibly detailed thank you as I wanted them to be able to use my comments as a testimonial to share with other brides and grooms. If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is not just a letter of profuse thanks, but to also take it upon yourself to find a public site that rates said vendor and write something that could sway couples to call that company. I know it's not really in our job descriptions to act as their marketing departments. But as so many of them went out of their way for me, I am genuinely moved to want to make a difference to their [...]

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Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer

By | 2018-03-26T15:18:54+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer Steelasophical Caribbean Entertainment SubWoofer of Choice • Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer • Premium Quality Audio Reproduction  The Behringer B1200D Active PA Subwoofer is designed to be portable yet powerful. The high-performance 500-watt powered subwoofer features a powerful 12'' long-excursion transducer with high temperature voice coil. This helps to deliver the exceptionally accurate low-end response, providing that thick, pounding bass that many systems strive to provide. Also featured is a subwoofer level control to adjust your volume to the correct level to correspond with other speakers. Another unique feature in the B1200D is an intelligent limit that maximises sound levels whilst protecting against overloading.  Features  • Class-D amplifier delivers exceptional audio quality  • 12'' long-excursion transducer with high temperature voice coil  • Subwoofer level control  • Built-in active stereo crossover provides highpass filtered outputs for full-range loudspeakers  • Intelligent limiter provides phenomenal sound performance and woofer protection  • Ergonomically shaped handles for easy transport  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life  • Power, signal, and clip LEDs for perfect monitoring  • Variable High-cut control for perfect sound alignment  Specifications  • Maximum output power: 500W  • Audio Inputs  o Input A/B: XLR, servo-balanced  o Sensitivity: +4 dBu @ 0 dB (center position) for full rate power  o Input Impedance: 12 K Ohms unbalanced, 24 Ohms balanced  • Audio Outputs  o Thru A/B: XLR, servo-balanced  o Output A/B: XLR, servo-balanced  o Output Impedance: 300 ohms unbalanced, 600 ohms balanced  o High-Pass Filter: 100 Hz, Butterworth, 18 dB slope  • Controls  o Level: -∞ to +6 dB  o Boost frequency: 40 Hz - 90 Hz; +10 dB  o Boost: Switchable  o High cut: 70 - 150 Hz, Butterworth, 24 dB slope  o Phase: Switchable  • System Data  o Frequency Range: 45 Hz - 180 Hz (-10dB)  o Frequency Response: 60 Hz - 130 Hz (+/-3 dB)  o Signal-To-Noise (20 Hz to 20 Khz):> 100 dB  o Sound Pressure Level (Half Space): max. 122 dB @ 1m  o Woofer: 307 mm / 12'', 8 ohms  o Limiter: Optical  • Indicators  o Signal LED: Green  o Limit LED: Red  o Power LED: Amber  • Circuit Protection  o Amplifier Protection: Full short circuit, open circuit, thermal protection  o Load Protection: Turn-on/off muting  • Power Supply  o USA/Canada: 120V, 60Hz  o UK/Australia/Europe: 220-240V, 50/60Hx  o Korea/China: 220-240V, 50/60Hz  o Japan: 100V, 50/60Hz  • Power Consumption: 110W  • Mains Connection: Standard IEC Receptacle  • Weight: 19.5 kg  • Dimensions  o Height: 432 mm  o Width: 375 mm  o Depth: 423 mm  Ad ID: 1254964027 Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer • Behringer B1200D Active Subwoofer • High-performance 500-Watt powered subwoofer for PA applications Powerful 12'' long-excursion transducer with high temperature voice coil provides incredibly accurate and pulse-pounding bass Precise reproduction of ultra-low frequencies for "bulletproof" punch and impact State-of-the-art 500-Watt Class-D amplifier with [...]

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Steel Pan facts with Steelasophical

By | 2018-03-26T15:18:52+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Steel Pan facts with Steelasophical Steel Pan facts with Steelasophical Steel Pan facts with Steelasophical Did you know that the steel drum was born out of poverty and a local ban on drums? The steel drum originated in the late 1930s on the island of Trinidad and was played as part of a steel band, a percussion ensemble contrived by lower-class rebellious teens. Learn more about the steeldrum’s complex history, development, and current form with our ten fun facts below: The steel drum is a tuned idiophone traditionally made from an oil drum, but today is made of high-quality steel. To make a steel drum, or a pan, the bottom of an oil drum is first pounded into a bowl, then shaped and tuned with hammers to form distinct resonating surfaces. Steel bands are stylistically versatile, but the most common steel band conventions of melodic phrasing and rhythmic structure are related to Calypso music. While the first steel bands included instruments such as soap boxes, biscuit tins, and dustbins, modern steel bands include vibraphones, cow bells, congas, bongos, triangles and other percussion instruments. Drums are made in families: bass pans, rhythm pans, and tenor pans. The steel band developed directly out of bamboo stamping tube ensembles, which provided carnival music for the lower-class in Port of Spain after a British colonial law restricted the use of drums with skin heads. “Band wars” between rival steel bands emerged in Trinidad, complete with street fighting. Membership in a band soon became interpreted as hooliganism signalling creole disdain for European norms. Manufacturing steel drums is a highly specialized skill. Pans are not standardized, as competition between rival bands fostered innovation in tuning and design. Winston ‘Spree’ Simon of the John John steel band is credited with making the first pan. In 1946, his band performed Ave Maria and God Save the King for an audience that included the British Governor. As of 1992, the steelpan is Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument. However, the notion dates from the 1940s when the steel band’s musical transformation was driven by competition between bands as well as by the efforts of progressive middle-class individuals to promote what they viewed as an indigenous art form unjustly maligned by colonial cultural standards. Popularity of the steel band has grown. They are now plentiful in Caribbean diaspora communities as well as non-Caribbean communities all over the world. While Trinidad and Tobago continues to be the centre, countries like Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan are now hubs of steel band activity. Steel Pan facts with Steelasophical Musicians who play the steel pan are referred to as a Panist. The early metal pan musicians used a variety of tools to create the sound of metal music - including kitchen utensils and metal containers. When making a steel pan the bottom of the oil drum is pounded into the shape of a bowl. Further shaping and tuning is done with hammers that create surfaces that resonate to make distinct sounds. Originally steel pan instruments [...]

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