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Panorama 2020 Results - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra Wins First Place

Panorama 2020 - Large Band Finals Results

[Published 23 February 2020]

What it takes to Build a Mystical Handpan

This video showing the manufacturing and tuning of a handpan/Hang is a bit off topic for the Pan Page, but is shows some interesting tools and techniques that can be of interest to a pan tuner wanting to develop the craft. It contains a bit of discussion of the acoustics of the notes of the handpan and even a sequence where they try to tune a frying pan!


The crafting and tuning is done by numen instruments in Barcelona.

[Published 23 November 2019, updated 5 April 2020]

Birdsong Steel Orchestra International Panorama Project 2020

Birdsong Steel Orchestra announces its International Panorama Project 2020. International Panists are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity to experience performing at the National Panorama Competition with a 120 piece steelband under the musical direction of multiple Champion Panorama arranger and Grammy award winner Robert Greenidge.

[Published 3 November 2019]

Book by Anthony Achong: Secrets of the Steelpan: Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology, Tuning of the Steelpan

With ‘Secrets of the Steelpan – Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology, Tuning and Operation of the Steelpan’ Dr. Anthony Achong is presenting a summary of his extensive studies on the steelpan.

This is how the publisher Xlibris US describes the book:
This book describes a truly remarkable musical instrument o the Steelpan (Pan) o a melodic percussion instrument that produces tones of immense beauty. This instrument is the National Instrument of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The concepts, the ideas, the theories, the physics and the mathematics contained in this book are the answers to the question the author asked himself as a little boy peering over the face of a ping pong steelpan, "how does it work?" Revealed, are the subtleties and secrets of the instrument's operation, its laws, its construction and details of its tuning. Contained herein is the information sought by pan musicians, pan makers, panists, pan researchers and pan lovers - nothing is left out. The rigor of the analytical methods of this book matches, in depth and intensity, the expert craftsmanship of the Master Pan Maker and Tuner. There is a unifying force within this book that combines the stick-note impacts to the panist's creativity in his production of musical tones. This book doesn't dodge the difficult questions; it ends with a chapter on the exotic non-musical features of the steelpan.

Read a review of the book by PANArt tuner Felix Rohner.

[Published 11 October 2019]

Oscar Pile - How Steelband Started

Oscar Pile Steelpan Pioneer and Steelband Historian talks about the origins of the steelpan. An excerpt from the film The Rhythm in Steel

[Published 3 October 2019]

The Rhythm in Steel

A full-length film (1h 15 mins) presenting the story of a retired doctor sailing in the West Indies, who discovers the origins of the steel pan. Contains some interesting information regarding the building of pans and their history.

[Published 3 October 2019]

The birth of the steel drum - presented by Kevin Martin at TEDxChesterRiver

Kevin Martin, musician and instructor, has a passion. For years, he has been studying, performing with, composing for, and building the only instrument created in the 20th century: the steel drum. Kevin's talk and performance gives us insight into the social history, the musical potential, and the future of this melodic, percussive instrument.

[Published 21 September 2019]

The E-Pan - electronic steelpan by NAPE

The E-Pan is invented and sold by NAPE – New Advanced Product Evolution Inc.

This is how NAPE presents the E-Pan:
The E-Pan name is the abbreviated short form chosen for the electronic steelpan. This novel idea was created using high-tech electronics to advance the invention of the traditional instrument.

Read more about the E-Pan at the NAPE website

[Published 20 September 2019]

MIC Institute of Technology launches a steelpan manufacturing programme

The MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) has launched a customised steelpan manufacturing programme at its head office in Macoya. This customized programme is the result of a Memorandum of Agreement signed in July, between MIC-IT and the National Gas Company (NGC) to benefit sponsored steel band members.

Read more about it at the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday website and in the MIC press release.

[Published 3 November 2018, updated 26 December 2019]

Archived news

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