The Steely Pan Steel Band ® consists of 22 performers and 41 steel drums, including drumset and percussion. The ensemble has gained quite a reputation performing at universities, art festivals and and all types of schools throughout the south for over the past sixteen years. They were featured at both the North and South Carolina Music Teachers Conventions and have given clinic/performances at Percussive Arts Society's Day of Percussion. The Steely Pan Steel Band was sponsored by WSOC, channel 9, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the cities Spring Fest and performed on the Fourth Ward stage. The ensemble performs a variety of music from traditional soca/calypsos, to classical, to rock and roll, and even performs traditional Appalachian Mountain music. One of the goals is to demonstrate to audiences the variety of music that can be performed on the pans. Not just "Yellow Bird", and other Caribbean tunes. If schools are interested, music is sent in advance, so music teachers or choral directors can prepare their students to perform with the steel band. The steel band performs a wonderful four part Caribbean round that has been used with entire schools, as well as "Jamaican Farewell" and an African song call "Siyhamba", that has worked well with middle-school choruses. If a specific song is requested we're more than happy to work with schools to put together a performance with the students.
During their concerts they like to break away from the steel drums and perform at least one selection with African or Middle Eastern hand instruments. Dr. Meister talks about the instruments and their origins, and members of the ensemble demonstrate the individual sounds of the instruments. During each concert the band demonstrates an oral history of the steel band by performing on tamboo bamboos and early steell istruments. As a builder/tuner of steel drums, Dr. Meister, talks about the origin of steel drums and how they are made and tuned.