Enter the world of a steel band playing (locally known as pan) – a musical experience for the soul!
Arriving at the ‘panyard’ which is the home of the ‘Pan Wizards’ steel band, you will be assigned to an instrument (there are bass, tenor, ‘cello’ and ‘guitar’ pans), given your sticks and the lesson begins. You do not have to be able to read music, not do you need to have any experience of playing an instrument.
After a short talk on the history of the steel pan, you will be taught the basic techniques of the instrument, and taken through the scales. Do not worry if you are not the most co-ordinated person: everybody is new to this!
Bit-by-bit notes and techniques are rehearsed and developed. Following a little more input, you, as a group, are ready to play a tune. By the time you leave you will all have played a very creditable half minute or so of a familiar tune.
Most guests leave this experience with a sense of achievement and exhilaration, but sometimes with aching muscles too, in places where you didn’t realise you had muscles. It is a most enjoyable afternoon, a chance to experience a slice of Caribbean culture and tradition ‘from the inside‘.
Steel pan lessons are available from time to time, but depend on minimum numbers, which tends to make them seasonal. Required minimum number to confirm the trip: 6.