Island Steel Drums

Why book Island Steel Drums?

Dave Herzog is a steel drum performer in Key West. Dave has played at all of the popular Key West venues and is one of the most popular wedding musicians in Key West. In addition to performing as a solo musician for weddings, Dave also performs for private events: anniversaries, graduations, family reunions, corporate events, and any special event. Dave can turn an event from typical, to tropical!

If you want the sounds of the islands for your Florida Keys or any Florida wedding, party, or event, contact Dave. He can be reached at dave@islandsteeldrums.com or 218-234-7309.

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Dave was awesome!!!!!

We were really looking for something to set that "island feel" for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. From the first time that we spoke to Dave to the conclusion of our wedding, Dave was absolutely wonderful! All of our guests raved about Dave and his steel drums. They are still talking about how great he was! I would highly recommend anyone who wants a steel drum player to contact Dave Herzog. We can't say enough about his services. Thanks again Dave for making our night absolutely perfect!!! -Christy & Jacob

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Reviewer: Jacob A.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: Dec 3, 2012

Dave Herzog is THE BEST!!!!

I contacted Dave last minute when I decided to add steel drums to my ceremony on the beach in Key West. Not only did he book right away, but he also offered to learn our wedding song on the steel drums to make it extra special. He was professional, obliging and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend him for your special day!

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Reviewer: Jennifer A.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: Oct 13, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Great Music!

The Island Time Band was perfect for our wedding reception. They set up right on the beach and from the moment they started playing the had people moving and shaking. Being from Wisconsin they changed up some classics like Margaritavlle to Wisconsinville which our guests got a kick out of. The music apealled to both young and old alike. We would highly recommend them for any celebration you are planning. Thanks Island Time Band for your wonderful performance!

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Reviewer: Lisa W.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: Mar 15, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Band

Outstanding Service

I only have one daughter and she is getting married only once, so we wanted her wedding to be the event of her dreams. Dave provided music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and it was perfect! From the very first contact we were delighted with the professionalism and enthusiasm which showed us that our event was important to Dave. We had many guests comment on the quality of the music and we would recommend his services to anyone looking for island music!

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Reviewer: Darlene R.
Event: Wedding Reception in Miami, FL
Event Date: Nov 10, 2012
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Island Steel Drums was a big hit at our Key West Wedding!

When we decided to host a family 'end destination wedding' in the Keys, we knew that we not only needed to provide a great venue for our Key West wedding, but also great sounds to create that perfect 'vibe'. When we spoke with Dave Herzog we knew this was it! Dave did not disappoint...all of our guests loved our ocean front wedding with champagne toast and Dave's Island Steel Drum sounds playing in the background as the sun set over the Pacific - A perfect moment for our perfect day!

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Reviewer: Susan H.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: Nov 3, 2012
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Highly Recommended!

We hired Dave to play at your wedding in Key West. It was the perfect additional to our day. Dave was easy to work with and very professional. He played during our ceremony and cocktail hour and provided the perfect backdrop as we settled into out reception. I would recommend Dave and his steel drums to anyone wanting to add an island feel to their special day.

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Reviewer: Heather D.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: Nov 19, 2011
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Perfect Wedding Music

My wife and I hired Dave Herzog, Island Steel Drums, for our Key West Wedding. It was perfect. Dave played the "Here Comes The Bride" song my wife wanted, and Canon in D during our ceremony, then performed for our cocktail hour. We had dancers delighted with his selection of music, and he even did a few requests!


We were thrilled with his performance and his professional attitude! We'd recommend him to anyone wanting a tropical experience. His saying that he turns things from typical to tropical was very true for us!

Great voice for the cocktail hour songs, and wonderful clasical sounds for the ceremony - who can ask for more?

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Reviewer: Jon S.
Event: Wedding Reception in Key West, FL
Event Date: Oct 10, 2010
Hired As: Steel Drum Player, Party Band, Reggae Band, Steel Drum Band, Wedding Band

Review by Carrie H.

My husband and I hired Dave Herzog to perform steel drum music at our wedding ceremony. We truly enjoyed the music, and had many compliments from our out of town guests and friends. Dave was easy to work with, showed up on time, dressed appropriately, and always had a smile on his face. The experience was great - and we would be happy to recommend him to anyone planning a wedding in the Keys.

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Reviewer: Carrie H.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Key West, FL
Event Date: May 1, 2009
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Review by Jim B.

I just happened to be a local watering hole and this guy was playing with a band. I was blown away hearing the sound he was able to bring from the pan. Our next party this guy is going to be playing. If you ever get a chance to hear him play don't pass it up. You will be amazed like we were.

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Reviewer: Jim B.
Event: Club/Nightclub in Key West, FL
Event Date: Apr 24, 2010

Booking Info

  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English

Overview

WEDDINGS:
As a solo performer I can play acoustically, which is normally requested for a wedding ceremony. I often add bass and drum tracks for small receptions and private parties, which creates a full sound without adding more cost.

I can perform as elegant background music for your tropical event, or I can get the crowd involved with tropical dance music (Hot, Hot, Hot; Shake Senora; Stir It Up). I am very good at reading the crowd and can respond to what they desire.

I've also done wedding receptions where I will play live for the cocktail hour and possibly the dinner hour, but then the young guests want to dance to their own music so they supply an iPod with the music they want for their dance - and they can play it through my PA system - eliminating the cost of a DJ to 'spin' their music.

You can call me for more details about the different types of performances that I can arrange. You can email directly at dave@islandsteeldrums.com

Additional Booking Notes

I have the sound system for most private events - from a small 12 Volt PA that I've used while performing on the beach or on a boat - to an appropriate sized PA for most convention ballrooms or private homes, poolside parties, deck parties, etc.

Island Steel Drums

Dave's musical career started early in life when he played as a drummer in rock and roll bands in the Midwest. In the early 90’s he bought his first steel drum. He started playing in a two piece island music band in the Minnesota lakes area, “Island Time”.

In 1999 his wife and he moved onto their sailboat in the Florida Keys and while cruising, Dave played steel drum in many tiki bars up and down the coasts of Florida.

In December of 2001 they stopped in Key West and lived in the Key West area full time until 2010 when they again started spending summers in Minnesota.

Dave started playing steel drum at weddings in Key West shortly after arriving in Key West. He's played weddings on Smather's Beach, Ft. Taylor Beach, along with many of the popular wedding venues in Key West, and Dave has worked with many of the local wedding planners.

Dave also performs solo for corporate events and private parties. He performs many of the island standards, along with a few Buffett tunes. He can get a group up dancing performing the likes of Zac Brown Band, UB40, and other contemporary artists.

Dave has performed live on the CBS Early Show with Dave Price, on Good Morning America with Sam Champion, on the NBC Today Show with Al Roker and Matt Lauer, and filmed with Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel which aired in August 2009. Dave also performed on Christmas Day on the Weather Channel's Guaranteed White Christmas - when the Weather Channel brought a snow making machine to the Florida Keys and made it snow for Christmas day!!

Dave was nominated for TRMA Musician of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for the annual Trop Rock Music Awards. In 2009 at the Trop Rock Music Awards, the band Dave performed with received awards for "Band of the Year, Song of the Year (I'm Living On An Island), CD/Album of the Year (I'm Living On An Island), and Entertainer of the Year. In 2010 the same band, with Dave performing, won Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year. Dave has performed on stage with Mile Marker 24 Band for audiences of thousands as the headliner band during Jimmy Buffett's annual fan club convention, Meeting of the Minds in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Dave now headquarters out of Detroit Lakes Minnesota and continues to spend his winters in the Florida Keys. He has played for over 300 weddings in the last few years, and dozens of private and corporate events. Dave also has his duo "Island Time" available for private parties, fairs, and festivals. He pairs up with a guitar player and adds some Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, and other well known beach songs to the repertoire.

Dave also performs at fairs and festivals. His performance is great for families and kids. He always keep the kids entertained by including them in his show. He brings props (beach balls, shakers, drums, inflatable instruments, beads, leis, etc.) for the kids to use and often will be seen leading hula hoop contests, conga lines, or other games. His ability to keep the children entertained is appreciated by the parents.

Dave can perform background steel drum music for a dinner party, or involve the audience with adult humor/innuendo performing songs like 'Big Bamboo' or 'Viagra'. Of course his performance is based on the audience and he always keep the tone appropriate for the occasion.

Whether your event is adults only, families, or a kids birthday party - bringing in the island atmosphere always adds fun and sun! The sounds of the Caribbean steel drum are the sounds that smiles are made of!

Dave is aware that musical ability is not the only component of an entertainer. Although he has plenty of talent, Dave's attitude and professionalism is what has brought him back time and again to the stages of festivals and fairs!

Email Dave today (dave@islandsteeldrums.com) for a sampler CD or a promotional DVD. See for yourself the show that keeps your audience involved!

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Dave Herzog

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