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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 mobile PA system
playing the backgrounds (bass, drums, guitars, etc.) made with
my Mac Powerbook G4.
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 here in
Oregon, and sometimes, Arizona and California, 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!"
As my clients tell me what works best for them, my equipment has now
evolved into two different setups. With my large setup (still only
3' x 6') I perform live on 3 steel drums using a Yamaha 400 watt amp
that sounds great, even for large outdoor areas.
M, Rogue Valley Country Club -
"You did a wonderful job for us at our Luau Party
and everyone very much enjoyed it - Thanks again!"
My smaller system is my Guppy pan with a Bose amp/speaker using a 12v
rechargeable battery that can go anywhere. It works very well
indoors or outside for smaller events. Since it is self-contained, I
can play by store fronts or booths to attract attention, or even at the
beach or picnic sites with no power available.
"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!"
Both setups create a full band sound at a very controlled volume
level with a small setup space. This allows me to perform live music
for many events that would not otherwise be able to afford the cost and
size of a full band.
was perfect for our open house...
just what we wanted for an island atmosphere."
Since August of 2006, when I bought a small motorhome, I've been taking
all the equipment I need for both of my setups to each gig. This
means I can combine all the gear if needed, or use less for smaller venues
- whatever you need, it is no problem to set it up on the spot!
Paul , Portland - "This was great - such 'happy' music - I hope to
have you playing on the Sternwheeler again soon."
In addition to many parties and business venues, I have often performed
for schools where the students
are very enthusiastic about the history, culture, and, of course, the
sound of the steel drum.
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 and/or Arizona.
- "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 surpirse birthday party
You are so very talented and we felt like we had invited a long-time
friend to play."
Since steel drums are somewhat unique, I can also perform for schools or
other groups, giving
"lecture/demonstrations" about the origins of the steel drum and it's
for Roosevelt Middle School:
looking forward to summer to play my steel drums for private parties,
pool openings, Sunday Brunches, company picnics, golf tournaments,
business events, weddings, and fund raisers. If you are planning
an event and would like an "Island" atmosphere, now is the time to
reserve the live steel drum music!