This is the Tenor Steeldrum that Gary Trotman performs with at Steelasophical Steel Band. It was made by BIGGS (London) back in 1982. The most unique thing of note is that since Gary collected his steeldrum all those years ago (and despite the 10,000;s of performances, demonstrations and rehearsals, Recordings etc …), this steel pan has NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER been tuned!!
This is the Double Second Steeldrum that Gary performs with at Steelasophical Steel Band. It was made by BIGGS (London) back in 1992. The most unique thing aof note is that since Gary collected his steeldrum all those years ago (and despite the 10,000;s of performances, demonstrations and rehearsals), this steel pan has NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER been tuned!
Everything you need to know about steel drums
Although steel drums (steel pans)
were unreal within the Caribbean Island of island and Tobago someday round the Second war, they’d been evolving since the 1800’s once the inhabitants were celebrating Carnival (a street parade). This celebration was delivered to the island by the French.
After the slaves were freed in 1834, they joined within the festivities victimisation their drums. However,the colonialists were nervous concerning the percussion that they thought can be accustomed pass secret messages which will have light-emitting diode to social unity and a attainable revolution among the Blacks. The percussion activities were thus prohibited.This failed to stop the natives however! They replaced their drums with tuned bamboo sticks referred to as Tamboo Bamboo. (“Tamboo” springs from the French name for drums-Tambour). The larger sticks were stomped on the bottom,and the smaller ones were smitten along. this can be what these instruments look like:
Tamboo Bamboo Family
During the 1930’s biscuit tins ( overwhelmed with clean sticks) were enclosed as rhythm instruments within the Tamboo Bamboo bands. However, owing to fights between rival gangs, the Tamboo Bamboo bands were impermissible.This light-emitting diode to street bands being comprised completely of steel instruments like tin pans, biscuit drums, dustbins and alternative things like brake drums and spoons(!). These bands were usually named as “Iron Bands” or ” Pan Bands” It was shortly before The players detected that their steel instruments modified pitch once being overwhelmed for a minute. With Carnival being impermissible throughout war II for security reasons,the earliest steel pan pioneers had longer to experiment with and improve on the standard of sound from their steel instruments.The terribly 1st steel drums with pitches(notes)were made up of smaller metal containers and were convex-concave in form.
Early convex-concave percussive instrument
From around 1948 the tiny pans were replaced with the larger ones made up of the without delay out there fifty five gallon oil drums that were discarded by the oil refineries on the island.The first percussive instrument with the twelve notes of the scale was developed. the previous convexity of the steel drums had conjointly been modified to a incurvation to accommodate a lot of notes.The notes were fashioned with convex-concave formed dents. Rubber was conjointly wrapped round the pan sticks (mallets) to form its sound a lot of mellow. Ellie Mannette has been attributable with these specific enhancements and he’s so wide thought to be the daddy of the fashionable percussive instrument (steel pan). alternative notable contributors to the event of this instrument ar Bertie Marshall and Anthony Williams, however there have been more.
Fifty years once the Second war, pan manufacturers have developed the percussive instrument into the marvellous instrument that it’s nowadays through refined experimentation with the metal parameters, intuition and a decent musical ear. this can be what the fashionable percussive instrument (steel pan) sounds like. The name of this explicit one is named a Tenor Pan.
There ar many styles of steel pans that are developed to match the functions of the assorted typical instruments in terms of pitch vary.
The development of various steel pans with their own distinctive tone was speedy. Ellie Mannette and Neville Jules emerged as best percussive instrument tuners. At an equivalent time, bands were being fashioned across the island with a number of them adopting names from yank movies like Destination Edo, Casablanca, Rising Sun, Invaders, Tripoli, Bar 20, Red Army, Desperadoes.
Here could be a icon of Ellie Mannette calibration with a strobe light. he’s a true innovator!
In the last forty years, the bands have come back quite an great distance, moving from the pan yards(where they’re kept) within the most depressed areas of society to a number of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The Desperadoes, for example, have performed at the Royal Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel Hall in London, Carnegie Hall, the Phoebus Apollo and Lincoln Theatres in NY, the international organisation building,
and therefore the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. alternative bands like Renegades, All Stars, section 2 and Exodus have excited audiences from London to Paris to Japan,with renditions of a number of the foremost complicated works of composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius,Rossini and Aleksandr Borodin, to call some. The band shown here is Exodus, that is engaging at the Annual World Music pageant in island and Tobago.
Steel drum band
The steel pan is currently the National Instrument of island and Tobago, that is kind of fitting for associate instrument that was solid from the resilience of land that were subjected to suppression and hardship!