Farmers & Crafts Saturday Markets - Downtown Las Cruces
(Saturdays 10am-1pm) thru April
These were FUN - maybe again next year...
29, 2018 - Opening Ceremony of OREGON BACH FESTIVAL!
August 3 - Eugene 1st Friday ArtWalk - Kesey Square
August 11 - Eugene Saturday Market - Main Stage
September 1 & 2 - HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL!
December 15 - Artisan Fair - Cruces Creatives - 12:15-1pm
party or event - your guests talking and laughing and feeling
totally relaxed - the
of live steel drum music in the background.
You might close your eyes and think you are in the Caribbean...
Could be casual...
fits your event
can transform your event
with Caribbean, light jazz, and pop music that is fun to listen to,
but not too loud. Everyone can still enjoy their conversations, or
wander over and watch up close.
is a link to AFM Local 689 Featured Members page with a short
compilation of: The Hammer /
Dayo / Margaritaville / Market Jam / Girl from Ipanema
H, Eugene - "Thanks so much for playing by our pool - our guests loved
it - you make me look good"
can provide live steel drum music most anywhere - in your backyard, your
living room, your school's classroom, even on the beach or isolated picnic
site. Wherever you want to entertain guests, you can have "island"
- "Your steel drum music was wonderful for my daughter's
graduation party - I'm sure I'll soon be hearing you at other local
I've been performing as a "classical" percussionist/timpanist with
the Eugene Symphony,
Portland Opera, and other regional orchestras, and teaching private
students in my home studio.
"I Can See Clearly Now"
Symphony Guild - "Once again you have really helped with our
fund raising for the Eugene Symphony
- Many thanks!"
point I also fell in love with the sound of the steel drum, or "pan" as
it's called on it's home islands
of Trinidad and Tobago. I was amazed at the exciting sounds of
expert players performing
"island" tunes, jazz, popular songs, and even classical music on
June M, Creekside Village, Portland - "I know you just played here a
few weeks ago, but can you possibly come back next month? It was so
much fun! My family will be visiting and I really want them to
After much research, I ordered an excellent pan made by Guppy Brown
- it took almost a year to arrive,
but he is one of the best pan builders in Trinidad...and it was worth the
"About The Drums"
Hotel 'Island Dinner' Guest - "I've lived in the islands but I've
steel drums sound this good - I loved your playing."
Soon I began performing live on steel drums, sometimes with other local
musicians, but mostly as a soloist with a Bose PA system playing the
backgrounds (bass, drums, guitars, etc.) made with my Mac Powerbook
B, Music Director of all Bahama Breeze Restaurants -
"We would be proud to have you playing in any of our 35 locations."
My new interest in steel drums has became another way to
share my love of music with many people in
Oregon, as well as Arizona, California, and New Mexico who had never seen
a steel drum up close - and it seems many of my new listeners also loved
these sounds - as I have now played for hundreds of parties and events!
"You brought a wonderful ambiance to the room that had us groovin' all
Thank you also for talking with everyone who came by with
questions...you are truly a professional!"
In 2006 I bought a motorhome
and took all my equipment to Phoenix for the winter.I was able to play frequently at the Tommy Bahamas Café and
Lounge in Scottsdale where they provided live Steel Drum Music every
night of the week and also for lunch on the weekends!
M, Rogue Valley Country Club -
"You did a wonderful job for us at our Luau Party
and everyone very much enjoyed it - Thanks again!"
I got to hang out with some of
the local pan players – J.T. and Sean and Paul and Peter were all
really great and helped me in my journey to become a better pan
player.They were happy
to help me find gigs, as there was plenty of work for all!
"Under The Sea"
Lane Arts Council - "It was so cool having you play steel drums for our
First Friday ArtWalk - We hope to have you back again!"
Then the Great Recession hit –
for me, and lots of other independent musicians life got very tough
very fast.Phoenix was
especially hit hard and the 9 shifts of live Steel Drum Music at Tommy
Bahamas was cut to 4 – and most of the private parties just
was perfect for our open house...
just what we wanted for an island atmosphere."
Luckily, for those of us who
have managed to hang on, things are improving.I was able to buy a 2nd Guppy Lead Pan, and just
recently upgraded my PA by getting the new Bose S1.Now I can leave one setup in Oregon and also have one in my
new winter base in New Mexico!
Paul , Portland - "This was great - such 'happy' music - I hope to
have you playing on the Sternwheeler again soon."
In addition to playing background music for many parties and business
venues, I also enjoy performing "lecture-demonstrations" for schools and
retirement communities. It's fun to answer questions about the
origins of the steel drums and their music and to let people see them up
H, West Tualitin Valley Elementary - "Everyone is really enjoying this -
thanks for playing for our 5th graders."
summer, I live in Eugene, Oregon, but often travel as far as Portland,
Newport, Medford, or Bend to perform. From October thru March
you might find me playing in Southern California, Arizona, or my new
"Southern Base" in Las Cruces, New Mexico!
- "You were great! We want you back again - easy to listen to, but not
me with any questions, or for more information. You can
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (the link above), or call my cell at:
Portland - "Thank you so much for making my surprise birthday party
You are so very talented and we felt like we had invited a long-time
friend to play."
for Roosevelt Middle School:
Current Update - June of 2018:
Back in Eugene after a wonderful winter in Las Cruces playing at the
Fabulous Saturday Markets and passing out over 500 cards. Now
the calls are coming in for both Oregon and New Mexico - see the
"Upcoming Public Events" at the top of the page!
are planning an event and would like an "Island" atmosphere,
now is the time to reserve the live steel drum music!