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Updated July 2024

Steel Pan Resources

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If you are in a steel drum band, you know that it can be tough to find the music & information you need.  Here a few links that might be helpful!

We've got a couple of things that are really great resources for any steel band musician or bandleader: a great article on how the drum set fits into the steelband, some music charts to get a few songs started, and a couple of reference pages for chord charts and the ranges of the steel drum instruments.

For those of you who are trying to make or tune your own pans, you should check out Sweden-based Ulf Kronmen's book on Tuning A Steel Drum for some great info!

You can view the pages by clicking the thumbnails, or just right-click to download the linked image.  Please feel free contact us if you have any questions!

Steelband Music Charts

A few easy to moderate level pieces of music, charted up just for you by the Toucans.  These are not full treatments; just lead sheets, some chords and sometimes a bassline, intended to help you get your own arrangements off the ground.

  • Jean & Dinah
  • Maryann
  • No Woman No Cry
  • On Broadway
  • Put Out De Fire
  • Steampipe Rhumba

The Drum Set in the Steel Band

A six-page article on the roles of the drum kit in the modern steel drum band ensemble.

  • Page 1
  • Page 2
  • Page 3
  • Page 4
  • Page 5
  • Page 6

Steel Drum Reference

Our reference page may be helpful for any steel drum students, and our pan ranges chart could be useful if you are writing or arranging music for the steelband.

  • Chord Reference
  • Pan Ranges

Advanced Pan Charts

This challenging arrangement of a Venezuelan string band piece from the 1920's is a beautiful piece with a charming "old world" feel.  Well worth the effort it will take to learn!

  • Recuerdos p.1
  • Receuerdos p.2

  • Recuerdos Del Pasado
  • click to play (flash required)
  • Toucans Flash Audio Player

  • Recuerdos Del Pasado : (Memories of the Past) Venezuelan Waltz

We Hope You Find These Helpful!

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