We are extremely excited to offer a steel band program here at J.K. Percussion & Arts. Due to restrictions and for the safety of our families, number of participants will be limited, first come first serve. With the popularity of steel band growing around the country and in schools here in Delaware, we anticipate the groups will fill up quickly! If you have a student interested in steel pan, don't wait to sign them up. 

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Student Steel Pan Experience

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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 hour rehearsals, once a week, beginning in September and ending in November. 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.

$15 for a pair of pan mallets

***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)

Kristian Paradis
Kristian Paradis

Kristian is an active performer, educator and arranger of Caribbean steel drums. He has performed with steel bands all over the world and has taught many bands at all levels, including the University of Delaware and the Philadelphia Pan Stars.

Kristian is THE GO-TO GUY when it comes to anything steel band related, so we are THRILLED to have him as part of our education team here at J.K. Percussion & Arts.


For his full Biography, click on his photo.