Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with musicians, as a steel band) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pan musicians are called pannists.
The pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument (although some toy or novelty steelpans are tuned diatonically), made from 55 gallon drums that usually store oil. In fact, drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steeldrum is correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and is not technically regarded as a drum or membranophone. The pan is struck by a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip is unique to the class of pan being played. Some musicians use four pansticks, holding two in each hand. This skill and performance has been conclusively shown to have grown out of Trinidad and Tobago's early 20th century Carnival percussion groups known as Tamboo Bamboo. The pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Since Pythagoras calculated the formula for the musical cycle of fourths and fifths, Steel Pans are the only instruments made to follow this configuration.
Who knows the language between beast and child Who hears the music of their hearts or watches them dance It is the language of creation and the dance of life So it is for me, I will walk this life with child and beast And I shall learn their dance so that I too might learn The language of Heaven ~ Casey ~
Teach the World: India is the international charity Music Corner have formed in association with Dragon Circle Companies.
It is formed to assist in providing the poor and less privileged children of India with a greater chance of self-improvement and a better life by the means of education, healthcare and thus a means to support themselves. ... http://mds.musiccorner.co.uk/?page_id=776