Steel Pan

Steel Pan

The Steelpan also known as pan which is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and was invented in the late 1930’s.


The pans are struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the type of pan being played.


This instrument was developed from the Carnival, which slaves in Trinidad could’nt take part in so they formed their own, parallel celebration called Canboulay. The first instruments developed in the evolution of steelpan were Tamboo-Bamboos, tunable sticks made of bamboo wood. These were hit onto the ground and with other sticks in order to produce sound. Tamboo-Bamboo bands also included percussion of various metal and glass objects such as spoons and bottles. This then lead onto the invention of the first steelpans. The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (known as TASPO) attended the Festival of Britain in 1951 and was the first steel band to perform in the UK

Group Info

Half Day

Morning: A Maximum of 4 Different groups (Recommended)
Afternoon: A Maximum of 3 Different groups

Full Day

Full Day – Afternoon: A Maximum of 6 Different groups (Recommended)


All Key Stages

Max group size

30 (recommended)

For More Groups / Sessions MPA Must be informed as this may lead to extra charges…..

What we need from you

Either a CD Player, Leads for MP3 / Mobile Phone use or Laptop is required

1 hall/gym/dance studio/Large Classroom

Lunch Break 45 minutes minimum
Breaks: Full Day 2 x 10 to 15 minutes
Half Day 1 x 10 to 15 minutes


from £550
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