Ellie Mannette

ellie mannette the master at work Over 50 years ago the steel drum instrument was regarded as little more than a nuisance; "the pots and pans" used by the poor youth of Trinidad. In 1946, Mr. Ellie Mannette crafted the first musical instrument from a 55-gallon steel barrel. That breakthrough revolutionized the art form and led to the creation of nine current instrument designs or "voices" in the steel band orchestra. Since moving to the United States over 25 years ago, Mr. Mannette has been the key influence in promoting the steel band in hundreds of university, public school and private settings from coast to coast. He has been unwavering in his commitment to the future growth of the art form through the training of quality craftsmen and tuners.


Diana Loomer
Steely Pan Steel Band®
Hayes School of Music
Appalchian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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