As we demonstrate in our popular workshops, a steel band has all the elements of a typical musical group. As such, elements of melody, harmony, bass and rhythm are available to make it musically complete.
Firstly, you’ll need to buy the balance of steel drums to acquire the correct balance of the aforesaid elements. For example, these must include tenor pans (melody), second pans (melody/harmony) and bass pans. However, you might also consider other harmony pans we call ‘guitars’ and ‘cellos’ along with rhythm section instruments.
So the first question you will want to ask is ‘how many steel drums or pans do I need?’
Well this depends on the size of the band you would like to build.
You can set up your steel band with as few as 12 steel pans and a drum kit. We can offer you a 12-piece starter kit which will include 12 steel drums. This will consist of a set of 6 bass pans, 2 guitar pans, 2 second pans and 2 tenor pans. In addition, we will include all the accessories you’ll require including sticks, stands and cases. We will also deliver these to you and show you how to set them up.