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Student Steel Pan Experience

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Thank you for your interest in our steel band program here at J.K. Percussion & Arts. Due to space limitations, number of participants are limited, first come first serve. If you or your  student is interested in steel pan, don't wait to sign them up!

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Quick History of Pan

Steel pans (steel drums) were invented on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. They are widely used in afro-caribbean music, including calypso, soca and reggae. Today, you can hear "steel talk" in many different settings, including Panorama competitions around the world, at restaurants and private events. Steel pans are a family of instruments, similar to that of string instruments (violin, cello, bass, etc.).  It is a huge part of the culture throughout the Caribbean islands, especially in Trinidad.

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Structure of Steel Bands

In the Steel Band program, students will learn to play the steel drums! They will learn about the history and the culture of Trinidad and will learn to play different pieces of music across many different genres!


Steel Bands will be structured as a three month program. One and a half hour rehearsals, once a week, beginning in the second week in May and ending the last week of July. In the final week, the students will participate in a performance, showcasing all their hard work!

Student Tuition

$100/month for 3 months = $300 *paid monthly at beginning of each month.

$20 for a pair of pan mallets

$25 for band shirt

***Early Bird discount*** Pay full tuition up front, receive 10% ($30) off tuition.

Get Signed Up!

Step One: If you and/or your student are interested in participating in one of the bands, fill out the Pre-Registration form.

Step Two: After submitting the Pre-Registration form, read and download the Participation Agreement form by clicking the button below.

Step Three: Fill out the Participation Agreement and send it via email to

We are excited to meet you!!

Meet the Drill Master (Instructor)

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Marji Eldreth

Marji is an active performer and educator of the steel pan. She has performed with steel bands all over the world and currently teaches the Cab Calloway School of the Arts Steel Band.

Marji brings great passion and much experience! We are very excited to have her as part of our education team here at J.K. Percussion & Arts.


For her full Biography, click on her photo.

Kristian Paradis

Kristian is a full time performer, arranger and educator of the Caribbean steel pan. He has traveled and played with many different ensembles all around the world, from Trinidad to Tokyo and more. 

We are very fortunate to have Kristian, with his wealth of experience, knowledge and love for the instrument and culture, as one of our educators. 


For his full Biography, click on his photo.

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