FAQ of Steelasophical where “We bring the Caribbean To You”

Steelasophical is a leading provider of Caribbean musicial entertainment based in the UK. We are a major entertaiment industry award winner every single year since 2016. We are rated NO.1 for many, many reasons!

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The concept of Steelasophical was started by Gary Trotman back in the mid 1990’s as a semi professional service. It was the concept of having quality steel drum melodies with studio quality backing music for a full band sound. The advatange of this over conventional steel bands are the follows:

Unique Sound

Compact footprint

The ability to sound as quiet as an acoustic soloist or a loud 10 piece band

Greater sound coverage especially outdoors

The vastness of the repertoire (more than 300 songs in 14 genres)


Trust, trust, trust … Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj

  • Trusted by ARC Prod Int to produce premium priced worldwide selling Caribbean Steel Drum music albums
  • Trusted by Sony Music enough to use our music in the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale
  • Trusted by Martin in Chelmsford to help him win Come Dine With Me with our dining musical entertainment
  • Trusted by every client to pay us a 40% retainer with balance paid 30 days prior to event!
  • Trusted by clients to book direct with unwavering confidence
  • Trusted to over-deliver! (from arriving super early to providing extras such as uplighting at no additional cost!)
  • Trusted by Sandbanks Hotel over 8 years to provide musical entertainemnt for their weekly  dine on tre Terrace 
  • Trusted by Old Hall Ely as one of their most trusted and recommended wedding service suppliers

Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj clients trust us enough to not only book up to 3 years in advanced, but to secure their date they pay a 40% retainer fee and the balance 30 days prior to the date.

We known of no other music service able to gain that level of trust. One of the reasons why Steelasophical finds it so easy to over deliver on every occasion. “Clients don’t choose Steelasophical on price … they trust in Steelasophical based on Value

About Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj

Steelasophical is an award winning, leading UK based, Premier Modern Steel Band and & Caribbean Dj Music Service “Steel Band“ Solo • Duo • Trio • Fouro. World class Steel drum and percussionists available for bookings around the UK, Europe and beyond.

The clients who choose Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj for their wedding or event usually have a huge passion for music and want it to be an important part of their day. The concept of Steelasophical is Steeldrums meets mobile DJ, Steelpans performed along with studio quality backing music for a full band sound. 

Steelasophical Soloist/Duo can be the equivalent in sound to a 10+ piece steel band or a professional mobile DJ… hows that for value!

Where an acoustic steelband would struggle to be heard outdoors (depending on the direction of the wind), Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj will create and maintain the perfect musical atmosphere even in large outdoor spaces.

The music selection is vast and caters for all ages and venues and special occasions. Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj started back in the late 90’s when soloists with backing music was in its infancy.

Today it is largely copied by many, alas, most lack the understanding that there is a distinction between being a musician and being a musical entertainer. Steelasophical is largely copied but never emulated nor surpassed; continuously evolving and laying the path for others to follow.


Steelasophical Steel Band DJ” are now COVID19 Safety Awareness Verified!

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We agree with these min terms & conditions:

  • I understand what COVID-19 is and how this infectious disease can spread. 
  • I understand that I am responsible for the health & safety of clients when I am participating in an event.
  • I confirm I will contact clients who book my services, and take them through the steps I will be taking to ensure the highest health and safety measures are met for their booking.
  • I confirm I will have read all my category guidelines  here  prior to and during the clients event.
  • I confirm all of the above and feel comfortable I can adhere to the guidelines.


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. 

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.

Aside from our multi award winning live steel band music service, we also offer:

Caribbean Mobile Dj

PA Hire


Lighting FX

Vocal Entertainer

Live percussions

Limbo By deisgn




Bespoke greetings

Virtual performances


Steelasophical was a pioneer in providing virtual online performances.

This used to be carried out via Skype exclusively, but we now offer the following options:

  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • FacebookLive
  • BlueJeans
  • Mobile phone video chat
  • WhatsApp Video

Our band members are based in the areas below. We regularly perform within the areas of the Midlands to South.

The Isle of Wight and Channel Islands are also hot on our performance location list.

  • Buckinghamshire
  • London
  • Bedfordshire
  • Essex

Anywhere in the World…!

Steelasophical Steel Band cover the UK, Europe and further afield including:

Birmingham: Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Telford, West Bromwich, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Redditch,

Shrewsbury, Hereford

Staffordshire: Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cannock, Tamworth

Warwickshire: Coventry, Nuneaton, Warwick, Leamington, Rugby, Kenilworth, Stratford Upon Avon

East Midlands: Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Mansfield, Loughborough, Newark, Burton Upon Trent, Grantham, Market Harborough

East Anglia: Norwich, Peterborough, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lowestoft

Northants, Oxon & Bucks: Northampton, Luton, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Daventry, Banbury, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, St Albans, Stevenage

North West: Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Preston, Blackpool

North East: Yorkshire, Tyneside, Sheffield, Leeds, Teesside, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne, Chesterfield

South West: Worcester, Evesham, Bristol, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Swindon, Poole, Gloucester, Torbay, Exeter, Cheltenham, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Torquay, Kingswood, Taunton, Weymouth, Paignton, Stroud, Salisbury, Yeovil

South East: London, Brighton, Portsmouth, Reading, Swindon, Croydon, Barnet, Southampton, Southend, Kent

Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Pontypool, Islwyn, Prestatyn, Rhondda, Barry, Cwmbran, Llanelli, Neath, Pontypridd, Wrexham.

Scotland: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Falkirk, Paisley, East Kilbride, Greenock, Blantyre, Ayr, Livingston, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Kirkcaldy, Dumbarton, Stirling, Glenrothes, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Perth, Coatbridge, Dunfermline, Dalkeith, Irvine.

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Wow .. what a great questions. Steelasophical boassts a repertoire of more than 300 core songs in over 14 genres. Gary Trotman, throughout the lockdown, creatrive FaceBookLive Steelpan Daily Song… Here is a link to our Steelasophical steel Band Repertoire page.

This is where Gary committed to performing a live song every single day on FaceBook which started back in March 2020.

The result has been a plethra of new songs that has seen the song list grow by another 100 songs

Over 300 songs in the following genres:

Soca • Reggae • Calypso • Jazz • Soul • Motown • Latin • POP • MOR • Ska • Country • Rock & Roll • Traditional • Classical 

One of our special powers, is being able to take well known songs and perfrom them in a different genre. we believe the key is to play songs that people can relate to on many levels, after all, music is about altering people moods and feelings in any given moment.

We are in a privilage position of being recommended regularly by many venues and professional suppliers.

As we use the same quality ‘gear’ as professionals, it was the experience of one particular weddding that convinced us augment our services.

We were booked to provide music for a driks reception. Speeches were due to take place after. Out of courtesy, I decided to wait until after the peeches to start packing away.

The Mic and PA system for the speeches was going to be provided by a Caribean Mobile DJ. At the moment when the speeches were about commence, the DJ noticed that no sound was coming out from his speakers and had no clue what the problem was. 

Fortunately, I was able to offer my mic and use of my PA system. 

There is normally a sense of togetherness with most professional suppliers, always willing to help each other out in the time of need.

To us, aiming to arrive on time is way, way,way too late

Case Study: I once broke down on the M4 travelling to Wales. I managed to pull over to the side of the motoway, acllout our VIP level membership sevice with the RAC, have the car repaired, carry on my way, and arrive at the party I was booked for 20. ins early than the client was expecting me.

As a rule, we would always aim to get to you 2 hours prior to start time. If we are providing mobile Dj service or PA and lighting, this would be between 2 to 4 hours.

Steelasophical prides itself as being a professional steel band service. This means we operate at a higher level and ethics base than someone would be doing this as a hobby or weekend pass-time. Gary is a full time music professional.

The other musicians within the Steelasophical stable are also professionals – one being a music tutor, another being one of the leading percussionists in the world!

You may notice hobby steel bands take a while to get back to you, they dont have professional contastantly updated websites, They may have to wait until they get back to work to see if they can booked a holiday to do your event!

They would rarely invest in their equipment, have insurance etc etc etc …

We provide 4 main options. Each has a full band sound and the biggest difference is really visual. Each has the ability to sound as much as  a 10 piece band.

One of the reasons why we never really had to provide a roaming service is because our music at a venue would be comfortably heard over a wide area. Roaming steelbands are acoustic, so outdoors, depending on the diection of wind, the sound can be underwhealming.

Steelasophical Duo is by far the most popular option for most events

Steelasophical does provide an acoustic option. this is highly popular for occasions such as funeral days or leading a line of people from one location to another (drinks reception to the indoor meal) 

  • Steelasophical Solo
  • Steelasphical Duo
  • Steelasophical Trio
  • Steelasophical Fouro

A few things about Gary Trotman (Steelasophical)
Music incorporated in the actual James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale
Caribbean Steeldrum albums selling world-wide in over 42 Countries
Music can be purchased through every major reseller (including iTunes, Amazon, TimeLife Music)
Winning musical entertainment performance on TV’s ‘Come dine with me
Full time music professional specialising in premier occasions
Multi award winner going back to 2012

Its been rather curious seeing others try and find derivatives, but these have been in our Arsenal for a while:

“We bring the Caribbean to you”

“You’ll remember how we made you feel”

“Exceeding expectations and standard … or money back”

Payment schedule:

40% retainer on return of contract (non refundable)

60% balance paid no later than 30 days prior to event

Where payment cannot be taken prior (normally due to last minute covering or last minute booking) cash or bank transfer upon arrival

Steelasophical payment options:

Credit Card

Debit Card (via Paypal)

Bank Transfer



International Transaction 


Ways to get cheaper music .. but at a risk!:::

• Less skilled and experienced musicians can be cheaper
• Musicians who pay no tax or insurances (leaving you exposed) can afford to be cheaper
• Musicians who don’t take the time to carefully plan for your event are cheaper
• Those with no licenses, Health & Safety documents or Public Liability Insurance can be cheaper
• Musicians who are desperate for work can be cheaper
• Part time, hobbyists and weekend musicians can be cheaper
• People who take no pride or consideration on presentation and appearance can be cheaper
• Bands with poor value equipment and instruments can be cheaper 
• Bands who do not provide a backup solution
We strive to highlight to prospective clients value over price. You will, always, always find cheaper, but struggle to secure better value! 

Steelasophical Safety stuff: 

Upon confirmation, please be sure to provide us with the full contact details of the venue. 

We will need to contact them and provide them with essential Health and Safety documentation, 
as well as gain an understanding of important informations such as venue access, terms and conditions, requirements, facilities etc. 
In a previous life, I was a Contarcts Manager responsible for health & safety of engineers and trades people on multi million pound contracts. its an amazing advantage to have such a wealth of background knowledge that is directly transferable to events.
I have even inpromtu provided health and safety advice to venues who had no idea they were placing themselves and clients / customers / staff at risk! 

We have a comprehensive schedule of performance times to suit all kinds of occasions. From a max 1 x 30mins to a full day music program:

Options ::: 

Max 60mins (max 1 x 60mins of Caribbean Steel Drum Music)
S60 – Soloist – £POA
D60 – Duo – £POA
T60 – Trio – £POA
Q60 – Fouro – £POA

Max 90mins (max 1 x 90 mins of Caribbean Steel Drum Music)
S90 – Soloist – £POA
D90 – Duo – £POA
T90 – Trio – £POA
Q90 – Fouro – £POA

The following options include the mobile Dj service to provide background or dance music in between the band performance sets. 

This will allow you the option to continuous music backdrop throughout. 

We can provide you with a microphone for speeches and announcements if arranged prior.

Max 2 hours (max 2 x 55 mins caribbean steel drum music) 
S2 – Solo – £POA
D2 – Duo – £POA
T2 – Trio – £POA
Q2 – Fouro – £POA

Max 3 hours (max 3 x 40 mins caribbean steel drum music)  
S3 – Solo – £POA
D3 – Duo – £POA
T3 – Trio – £POA
Q3 – Fouro – £POA

Max 4 hours (max 3 x 40 mins caribbean steel drum music)

S4 – Solo – £POA
D4 – Duo –  £POA  
T4 – Trio – £POA
Q4 – Fouro £POA

Max 5 Hours (max 5 x 30mins caribbean steel drum music)
S5 – Solo – £POA
D5 – Duo – £POA
T5 – Trio – £POA
Q5 – Fouro – £POA

Max 6 Hours (max 6 x 30mins caribbean steel drum music)
S6 – Solo – £POA
D6 – Duo – £POA
T6 – Trio – £POA
Q6 – Fouro – £POA

Max 7 Hours (max 7 x 30 mins caribbean steel drum music) 
S7 – Solo – £POA
D7 – Duo – £POA
T7 – Trio – £ POA
Q7 – Fouro – £v

Max 8 Hours (max 8 x 30 mins caribbean steel drum music) 
S8 – Solo – from £1127 
D8 – Duo – from £1277 
T8 – Trio – from £1527
Q8 – Fouro – from £1577


If you are looking for the cheapest entertainment solutuon, Steelasophical is really not for you. We do operate at the higher end of the industry, but you would struggle to source better value! Our ideal client is one that see’s and values Steelasophical as a must have investment.

We understand WHY someone has booked us. its not just another gig to us. By understanding the clients needs, we tailor our service and seek ways to exceed expectations from there. There is no coincidence that Steelasophical has won a major entertainment industry award every year, dating back to 2012

Our line-Ups:

Steelasophical Steel Band Solo
– steel drum soloist with backing music and PA system

Steelasophical Steel Band Duo
– as above with additional performer (choice of steel drums, vocals, percussions)

Steelasophical Steel Band Trio
– as above with additional performer (choice of steel drums, vocals, percussions)

Steelasophical Steel Band Fouro
– as above with additional performer (choice of steel drums, vocals, percussions)

DJ-Steelasophical & venue lighting service available with all above options

Fully Acoustic
Steel drum band with backing music

OP1-: The 4 part ceremony music package :- from £327

OP2-: Drinks Reception / Canapés :- from £577

OP3-: Wedding Breakfast :- from £697

OP4-: 90min evening cabaret :- from £577

OP5-: Half Day Wedding Package (options 1 to 3):- from £1581

OP6-: Full Day Wedding Package (options 1 to 4) :- from £2156

OP7-: Wedding Dance Party – Caribbean Dj / Lighting / Limbo & dance games £POA

OP8-: Plug and Play – PA System and lighting Hire Only £POA

Thank you for trusting in Steelasophical … We loved working with you and truly hope you loved working with us too, and hope our performance went some way into making the day a success.

We take what we do very seriously and always aim to over-deliver on every occasion. As such, over more than 9 years of full time musical entertainment, we are proud to still maintain a 100% customer satisfaction rating.

We’d L-O-V-E for you to share your experience with other clients, to help us spread our message of music joy and upliftment to the many clients looking to trust in us in the future.

We would be grateful if you could take a moment to leave a review:

Wedding couples and other clients visiting these sites will no doubt be influenced by your open and honest account of our service and experience.

If you need help writing or posting your review, or have any pictures or video footage you would like to share please contact Gary Trotman at info@steelBand.co.uk

A small glimpse of our most frequented wedding venues in the UK. If we are recommended directly by any of these directly, we do offer a reduction in “Client Aquisition Fee” which could be as high as 10%

Quotes are usually valid for 30 days, after which time, they rise as much as 20%

Steelasophical Steel Band

Tithe Barn

Sandbanks Hotel

St Pierre Park Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Ickworth House

Knebworth House

Rhinefield House

Monkey Island Bray

Queens Eyot Island

Le Manoir

Celtic Manor

Cowley Manor

Shendish Manor

Stockbrook Manor

The Roof Gardens

Chewton Glen

Antsey Hall

Brocket Hall

Down Hall

Dumbleton Hall

Gibson Hall

Longstowe Hall

Newland Hall

Orsett Hall

Frensham Heights

The Hempel

Barnett Hill

Savoy Hotel

Millennium Hotel (Mayfair)

Cannizaro House

Woburn Abbey

Coq d’Argent

The Belfry

Lains Barn

Maiden’s Barn

Tythe Barn

Cherwell Boathouse

Belvoir Castle

Clearwell Castle

Cooling Castle

Farnham Castle

Knepp Castle

Athenaeum Club

The Garrick Club

The Royal Automobile Club

The Elvetham

Queens Eyot

Great Fosters

Chelsea Physic Garden

Home House

Nonsuch Mansion

Ponsbourne Park

Syon Park

Braxted Park

Crondon Park

Loseley Park

Buxted Park

Hartham Park

Hunton Park

Northbrook Park

Orwell Park

Painshill Park

Pennyhill Park

Wasing Park

Blenheim Palace

Penshurst Place

Leez Priory

Pinewood Studio

Sheraton Skyline

Inner Temple

Middle Temple

Old Hall Ely

Tunnels Beaches

Ocean Kaves

Monkton Barn

Plum Park

Bartholomew Barn

Hornsbury Mill

Kings Hotel

The Great Barn Aynho

The Pavilion

The Bull Hotel

Wycombe Abbey

Kings Chapel

Marston Vale Forest Centre

Pinewood Hotel

Whittlebury Park

De vere Latimer Estate

Villers Hotel

Denham Grove

Hartwell House Hotel

Burnham Beeches Hotel

Duffield House

Danesfield House Hotel & Spa

Harleyford Golf Club

Hampden House

Taplow House Hotel

Magnolia Park


Wormsley Estate

Moore Place Hotel

Chicheley Hall

Holiday Inn Milton keynes

Poundon House

The Dairy Waddesdon Manor

Bradenham Manor

Pinewood Studios

Park Lane Hotel

Roof Garden Kensington

Dorchester Hotel

Tythe Barn

Tithe Barn

Although without doubt we are the UK’s premier wedding day music steel drum band, we are also in demeand for a whole host of other events and special occasions:

Types of events venues occasions

••• Caribbean or Tropical theme event • Corporate • Private • Public • Carnival • Exhibition • Fayre • Fate • Meet and greet • Demonstration • Product launch • Wake • Funeral • Jewish events • Service • Engagement • Cocktail hour • Dance floor filling • Street festival • Food festival • Hotel • Garden centre • Pub • Nightclub • Restaurant • Place of worship • Garden party • Converted barn • Tythe barn • Holiday village • Park • Zoo • Holiday park • Awards ceremony ••• Steelasophical Steel Band & Dj •••

Ohhhhhh yesssssss

We have music albums and music used in compelation albums that are selling world side in over 42 countries.

Further down this page you will find details.

One of our tracks was even used in the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale

Steelasophical Music – SHOP

On average we are having to disappoint more than 70 clients every year who expressed a wish to secure at least one of our services, due to being booked by the time they get back to us! 

Because of to the large volume of enquiries we receive and scarcity of available dates, we operate on a first to confirm basis and not able to hold dates.

• Steelasophical Steel Band For Hire •

Confirm as soon as you can.

We are often contacted by agencies and clients who have been let down last minute by bands.

Being a full time music service, we are not having a to book a day of work in order to ‘do a gig’

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We bring the Caribbean to you


If you are looking for the cheapest entertainment solutuon, Steelasophical is really not for you. We do operate at the higher end of the industry, but you would struggle to source better value! Our ideal client is one that see’s and values Steelasophical as a must have investment.

We understand that people have budgets and not everyone can afford to chose the best available option every time, thats why we are more than happy to recommend clients seek nice to have expenses elsewhere. Steelasophical Steel Band Dj has won at least one major entertainment industry award, every year, for the last 9 years.

Exceeding expections is what we seek to do as standard. Whether that involves arriving 2 hours early, our outstanding presentation, quality of sound or song selections. Clients who chose others on price, more often than not, see them as a “Nice To Have Expense

Steelasophical Steel Band Dj Is trusted by so many clients as their 1st choice for a host of premier occasions such as  wedding, special celebrations and corporate event entertainment solutions. We cover the entire UK and very much love travelling to, and performing on, the Channel Islands of Jersey, Gurnersey, Isle of Wight & Northern Ireland

Music • Sound • Light from the first email to the last note of the last song, clients trust in Steelasophical Steel Band Dj to Exceed Expectations as standard at every stage.

Presented by

Gary Trotman

Creative Director

Steelasophical Caribbean Music Entertainment Company.

“One good thing about music,

when it hits you,

you feel no pain.”


“Caribbean SteelBand Music

“Oh Island in the sun
Willed to me by my father’s hand
All my days I will sing in praise
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand”

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The band were booked for the wedding reception of my son and new wife. Gary and the guys were absolutely brilliant, their presentation and 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 all queries I had. Overall a very professional band. I would not hesitate in recommending them. Price wise, they were the dearest we came across, but for good reason! the value was there to see.

Arlene Dixon 10/10

Thank you so much for providing your wonderful music to my daughters wedding. I certainly made the correct choice when given the sole responsibility of sourcing the music for their reception. The music was relaxing yet uplifting, creating a wonderful atmosphere, and thank you for slipping in my favourite song. My wife Brenda gave me a knowing looking look as soon as you started playing it. Absolute bliss! And cannot thank you enough Gary!

Donald Frazier

Amazing day that you were both a big part of. We see what you meant by “We bring the Caribbean to you” .. it was raining all morning, but you seem to have brought glorious sunshine with you. Thank you for providing the microphone, as we decided last minute to do the speeches outside while everyone was gathered in the sun. Keep doing what you do, because you make so many people so happy with your grace, music and smiles.

Best wishes

Marc & Sam

FAQ – about steel band hire

FAQ – about steelasophical

FAQ – how to hire steelasophical

FAQ – booking process

FAQ – Music hire

FAQ – Steelband in London hiring

FAQ – steelband in Slough hiring

FAQ – steepan band hire for your wedding

FAQ – hiring a steelpan band for your party


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