Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate Steel Pan Performer
This book contains 40 solos that range from Beginner to Intermediate levels. There are 10 solos for each of the following steel band voices: Tenor, Double Second, Triple Guitar/Cello, and Six Bass. Each instrument has 5 unaccompanied solos and 5 solos that include a backing track. Each solo that has a backing track includes a QR code at the top. This will link to a playlist that includes the track on Youtube for quick access when you don't have the tracks downloaded nearby. The 10 solos for each voice can be purchased as a book or compiled together here. The styles represented include jazz, soca, rock, trap, prog, 8bit, cinematic, classical and more.
Difficulty: Hard (great for advanced high school & college steel bands)
This piece seeks to fuse the classical string orchestra setting with the contemporary pan sensemble. It seeks to bridge the gap between the nature of strings versus the nature of pans. The idea of the piece focuses on humanity's drive to seek and explore as wanderers. It also presents the opportunity for a large ensemble performance.
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school & college steel bands)
This composition was written for my steelband, WAIWAI STEEL BAND, in 2015. With this song, I wanted everyone to form a circle, hold hands, and dance. I hope that this song will create a circle of joyful hearts with the performers and the audience.
Difficulty: Medium/Medium Hard (great for high school and college steel bands)
The separate Dbl 2nds parts, and Guitar/Cello parts are essential.
This song by Kees Dieffenthaller, better known as Kes, was released in late January 2023, just a bit too late for any Trinidadian steel bands to arrange for Panorama 2023. The first time I heard it I knew I wanted to arrange it for my top college steel band.
Having your students listen to the source material is essential. My arrangement follows the form of the song pretty closely and is in the same key as the original, G major. I also did my best to transcribe the vocal parts as closely as possible to the original. I did leave out a few of the vocal flourishes to make the arrangement more playable.
Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high, high school, and college steel bands)
"A Beginner’s Reggae" was written as a pedagogical piece for bands that have younger students or bands that are just starting out. It can also be used to an introduction to the style of Reggae and encourage the students to listen to artists within that style, as well as be used as a tool to teach cut time and playing with a swing feel.
"Night Walk" was written as part of a project I did while I was studying for my Master’s degree at George Mason University. Our pan professor, Victor Provost, challenged my classmates and I to write short pieces for beginners and then we would perform them in class. This is one of two projects done. This is a nice, soothing piece that can be used as a change up to the high-energy music that steel bands normally play. With only two chords, it can also work as an introductory piece to improvising.
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