STEEL DRUM PLAYER TOBY TOBAS, WHO CALLS MASSACHUSETTS HOME, GREW UP IN THE CARIBBEAN, AND WAS SCHOOLED IN THE ORAL TRADITION OF MUSIC’S FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, THE SPINACH, ENGLISH AND FRENCH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN.
A FOREMOST EXPONENT OF TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY CALYPSO RHYTHMS; HE WAS INVITED TO THE U S IN 1970, WHERE HE AUDITIONED AND GOT THE GIG WITH HARRY BELAFONTE AS A DRUMMER IN 1972.
HE RELOCATED TO BOSTON AFTER THE BELAFONTE GIG, WHERE HE HAS BEEN PERFORMING AS A STEEL DRUM SOLOIST WITH BACKING TRACKS, SIMULATING THE RICH DEEP SOUND OF A FULL SIX-PIECE BAND...
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I've hired Toby Tobas several years in a row and is always on time, courteous to my customers, offers an excellent selection of music, sounds great, and creates an island atmosphere that takes your spirit directly to the Caribbean.
This is our fourth time hiring Toby for our Global Village event. We also hire him each May for our International Reception during commencement week. His sound is light, fun, and always sets the right mood for us. Toby is friendly, reliable, and easy to work with. Ask him about the history of the steel drum and prepare to be educated!
I work at a financial institution and we were hosting a Summer Party for our clients.I hired Toby as we were looking for some reggae music to help liven up our party. Toby was a pleasure to work with and he provided the perfect music to set the tone for our event! He was very professional and reliable, and also incredibly friendly and warm. Our clients loved his music and we had many asking if they could have his card as they wanted to use him in the future for their own parties. I would definitely hire Toby again and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a steel drummer!
At an engagement party in Newburyport he was just wonderful. His talents are amazing , a wonderful person to talk to and reasonably priced. Can't wait for an excuse to have him again. One of best kept secrets !
I have an annual "welcome summer" cocktail party and always have some kind of musical entertainment. My theme this year was Calypso and I found Toby online and hired him for the event. He far exceeded my expectations. I was greeted by a warm, loving, happy guy whose professionalism was evident from the start. His talent is amazing and the sound he creates is truly special. Most of my 80 guests complimented him personally. Toby set the tone of the evening and everyone had a marvelous time. I hope he is available for all my events. Sincerely, Eileen T.
"A tropical musical delight! Toby Tobas brought the sounds of the islands to the Cape! He entertained our company with favorites and requests and even gave a mini lesson on how to play the steel drums! I wouldn't host another Clambake without him!"
Toby was an absolute pleasure!! His musical talents truly helped to enhance our wedding rehearsal dinner, and post wedding brunch. We received complements all weekend from friends & family attending. Toby is a professional in every way, and we would highly recommend him for any and all events.
What to Expect
Toby Tobas - Steel Drum performance with sequenced accompaniment,
allows him to create the sound of a full six-piece band. Giving you an
unsurpassed performance rich in his Deep Caribbean Tradition.
No Vocals at the moment. The reason being that most of his clients are
primarily interested in the acoustical melodic and rhythmical beauty of the
steel drums. This feature is strongly favored as it adds that special mood
to most of the events for which he's engaged. Intermittently he uses his
voice as color to compliment the instrument.
Toby views music as a language with many dialects. And so his music is
meticulously tailored to include a wide genre of musics, covering styles
like Caribbean Folk, Reggae, Calypso, Afro Cuban & South American
favorites, Latin Jazz, Martinique Zouk, Haitian Compas, Calypso Jazz,
Easy Listening and some Pop variety as well.
Although most of his work is in and around the Boston area he work
throughout Massachusetts as well as Providence RI, New Hampshire,
New Port RI, and Cape Cod or for that matter just about anywhere in
Michael Tobas is a native of the twin island Republic of Trinidad
& Tobago,Situated at the southern tip of the Caribbean archipelago
just off the coast Of Venezuela.
Toby as he is affectionately called, was well situated to draw upon
the rich Percussive environment of STEEL PAN music,invented in
that country some Sixty years ago. Which included a close working
relationship with world Rewound Steel Drum innovators Rudolph
Charles and Bertie Marshall.
Coming from the oral tradition, he has developed an affinity for
many percussion Instruments indigenous to the pulsating rhythms
of the English, Spanish and French speaking Caribbean.
He has performed as a drummer in major folk, Steel Drum and jazz
festivals; Concerts;recordings; TV specials; and hotel venues in
his native Trinidad & Tobago, the English, French and Spanish
While on the North America concert tour with the world renowned
Desperados Steel Orchestra under the leadership of Steel Drum
inavoter Rudolph Charles.Performing at Carganie Hall, Lincoln
Center and Philadelphia.
On his second US tour with Despers in 1970, he was recommended
to Harry Belafonte, He auditioned got the job and toured the US,
Canada, Japan Europe,with Belafonte for five Years, (1972-1977).
Toby Appeared on two Recordings with Harry Belafonte; "Turn the
World around" & "Belafonte live In Japan".
Toby and his family moved to Massachusetts in 1989.Where he is
active as a Performer & Instructor. He is recognized in the Boston
area for his versatility As a drum set player, working on the
Caribbean and Latin circuit, and as a Steel Drum soloist with
Sequenced accompaniment performing through out The New
Additional Booking Notes
A minimum stage area of 6ft X 8ft Is fine. Available lighting is usually adequate.
One standard electrical outlet is needed. Available, is a battery-powered backup
system to facilitate clients who need performer in areas with no access to electrical
Is This Love,
Under The Sea,
La Bamba ,
Island In The Sun,
Oye Como Va,
Three Little Birds,
Call me Al,
I Can See Clearly Now,
No Woman Doh Cry,
Some Where Over The Rainbow,
Old lady Walk Ah Mile,
Obla Di Obla Da,
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,
Waiting In Vain,
You Send Me,
One Note Samba,
Blue Swade Shoes,
Brown Girl In A Ring,
Brown Eyed Girl,
Time To Say Good Bye,
The Girl From Ipanema,
Moonlite In Vermont,
Ha Had A Little Monkey,
Tea For Two,
Could You Be Loved,
Fire And Rain,
Day O ,
Lean On Me,
And Much Much More!!!
|TOBY TOBAS||Steel Drum Soloist With Sequenced Accompaniment.|
The Steel Drums out doors or open-air during performances, require protective shading. The reason being that the Instrument will go out-of-tune if exposed to direct sunlight for any long period of time.
Toby provided entertainment for our new showroom Open House. He was a
smashing success with the 175 guests in attendance at the event. They
were very pleased with his musical selections and enjoyed the variety he
offered. Toby was a pleasure to work with - he is the consummate
professional and I would highly recommend him for any venue!
[Gerard M. Donnelly
Regional Manager - Kimball Office
30 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02110]
***"Toby was incredible. He is truly a world-classed talent that will no
doubt blow away your expectations. In addition to being an unbeatable
steel drummer, his knowledge and charisma will be a welcome addition to
any event or showcase."
"Harvard JD/MBA Student".
The Caribbean Business Club.