I play the steel drum and sing while performing to background tracks which together produces the sound of a band containing between 8-12 musicians. My repertoire is mainly Caribbean yet somewhat eclectic. It was developed over a period of 12+ years of performing the songs that my clients had repeatedly requested thus culminating in this beautiful repertoire that caters to millenials and baby boomers alike.
Great performance and very easy to work with. Emanuel put on a great show and everyone at the party really enjoyed his performance. Would definitely hire him again.
We love Emanuel. Great guy and so professional. He makes the party every year!
Performance was absolutely everything we wanted! Thank you so much!!
Emanuel is a great performer and put the perfect final touch on our holiday party. Would absolutely recommend for any event, and will be using his services each year for both of our locations!
Emanuel was amazing. He was prompt, professional but most of all FUN! He definitely stole the show. I will be using him again!
We had the BEST experience with Emanuel Ector for our meet and greet event before our son and daughter in laws wedding!! The booking and communication were so easy and professional! Everyone commented on the great music and the background ambience it gave to our event. I will absolutely keep their contact and book again !! Thumbs up!
Emanuel was wonderful. Showed up on time, very sweet guy, entertaining and professional. Hope to use him again!
Emanuel provided music for my wedding cocktail hour. He was great! He arrived on time and gave a stellar performance - everyone loved it! Thank you Emanuel.
Emanuel is fantastic! He's just perfect for any event.
Response from Emanuel Ector:
It was fun performing at your pool party yet another year. Thank you 😎
We've used Emanuel for our summer BBQ for multiple years now and he never fails to impress. Perfect background music to keep things lively and relaxed.
Emanuel was great! Couldn’t ask for a better time. He was professional, on time (well actually, early), set up & broke down fast, great communication. He really added a great touch to my at home Jamaican themed “Thank you bbq wedding reception” . I highly Recommend him!
Thanks to Emanuel's beautiful voice and steel drum, the event was spectacular. Everyone at the party commented that it felt like they were at some tropical island. Thank you, Emanuel!
Emanuel was able to come with only one day's notice and performed at our tenant ice cream social. He was early and independent with set up. His songs were so fun! They ranged from updated instrumentals of pop songs to classics that he supplemented with song. Everyone had such a good time listening to him play.
Emanuel was perfect to work with. Everyone loved the song choices and it provided some great ambiance.
This is our second booking with Emanuel and he's fantastic!
He was just great. Arrived early, engaged the guests and the music was perfect! Highly recommend Emanuel! We’ll use him again and again!
Emanuel was Fantastic! Amazing! Wonnnnnnderful! He will literally Make your event! My father's 75th birthday was a celebration that will Never be forgotten. Thank You!
Mr. Ector was Fabulous. My guests thoroughly enjoyed his music. I highly recommend Mr. Ector.
Emanuel, thank you for your beautiful performance singing and on steel pan. We appreciate you being prompt (even early), professional, and so friendly. We'll definitely keep you in mind for future corporate events. Highly recommended.
Mr. Ector performed for our schools multicultural night and the kids loved him. He was a true professional, flexible, kind and had a great upbeat personality.
I needed a performer for my "Around the World" party and came across Mr. Ector. What caught my attention was that I could feel the happiness and pride he had singing and performing. Mr. Ector's professionalism, kind nature and performance made the party a huge success! I recommend him highly for any party or event you may have!
We would like to thank Emanuel Ector for the wonderful music he provided for our Company Christmas Party. Everyone loved his music !!!
Responsive, flexible, talented, intuitive - I cannot rate Emanuel highly enough! We hired Emanuel for our daughter's rehearsal dinner. Emanuel came fully equipped for his session with everything needed to perfectly channel his incredible musical stylings. His selections were perfect for the occasion with just the right mix of classic and contemporary pieces. I received so many compliments, I asked for his card for several guests. At one point, he even obliged with a lively rendition of the Electric Slide! My daughter and her fiance were enchanted. We could not possibly have chosen better than this talented, pleasant, consummate professional. The ratings are correct. Outstanding.
We are so very happy with Emanuel Ector he is the best plays a variety of music. This is the second year of having him for our fundraiser entertainment. Will be having him back again next year.
We were absolutely thrilled, impressed and 100% satisfied with Emanuel's performance at our 125th Anniversary Gala. He was the ultimate professional, had a constant smile on this face and can tell he enjoys what he does. Our guests were impressed with his talent, and we would hire him again in a minute. Thank you Emanuel! Well done and congratulations on your incredible talent. You are one class act.
We have used Emanuel Ector twice - - he never ever disappoints!
Our entire group loved Emanuel, he made the cocktail hour of our event! Not only does he play traditional reggae style songs but he also does his own take on popular rock to pop songs!
I would highly recommend Emanuel!
Mr. Ector did a wonderful job providing us with great sounds from the Island!
HE was professional and accomplished. I would highly recommend him for any event
Will definitely book again in the future
Mr. Emanuel was a hit at my cocktail party. The music sounded great, and were recognizable. My guest loved it, and are even considering him for their events. Wonderful performer!
Emanuel was very easy to work with. Everyone at the party loved his music! Will definitely hire again.
Here are some of the comments from our guests and our staff-
"We loved him!"
"Mr. Ector was very professional and very personable too!"
"Mr. Ector provided a wide variety of music to accommodate everyone's taste".
"His music made me feel like I was on Holiday for 3 hours!"
"He made an awesome annual event even more special."
"We hope we can have him at our next event. :)"
Amazing! Everyone went on and on about how much they enjoyed the music!!
This was our first time booking Mr. Ector, and we couldn't be more pleased. He provided GREAT steel band music for a mixed-age birthday party: authentic steel pan sound, a fabulous mix of genres and eras that had 7 year-olds, 70 year-olds, and everyone in between out on the dance floor. Both his vocals and instrumentals were absolutely top notch. He was punctual, professional, and warm. And he was flexible when we needed to adjust our schedule. Highly recommended.
Emanual Ector performance was wonderful and was enjoyed by all. Will consider using him in the future.
Great performance! Emmanuel is very talented. friendly, and he did an awesome job. Great variety of music!
Emmanuel arrived on time and was very pleasant. The music selection was on target and he catered well to the Christian audience. I will definitely use him for more events
Mr. Ector is a very talented and professional musician. He kept our corporate function "hopping" and I am getting ready to hire him again in May. Don't hesitate - he's good!
Emanuel is truly a professional entertainer. Came early, was very flexible and everybody loved him.
Mr. Ector is a very personable pleasant an with a great gift for playing the steel drums. He was on time and very professional. He made me and my guests joyful to hear him. I would definitely use him again.
Absolutely great music and variety of songs. Fun and entertaining, will have him come back for another party.
Emanuel arrived on time, delivered a stellar performance and willingly accommodated modifications requested by host committee.
Emanuel was a fabulous addition to our event! We hired him for a party at a retail store, and he kept our clients in the party mood! He arrived early, giving himself plenty of time to set up before the party started. He played a variety of music and got our guests dancing and enjoying themselves. We can't wait to have him back!
Everybody enjoyed your performance. We will be booking you again in the near future.
Fantastic - his music was enjoyed by all - will seek him out next year for our event ...
Emanuel was extremely professional and our guests loved his music. It set a great tone for our Caribbean cocktails and gave them feeling a full steel drum band. I highly recommend him!!
Emanuel played for our Blessing of the Animals.
It was a pleasure to work with Emanuel, his prices were reasonable and we had great communication about the music so everything went smooth.
Emanuel was set up and ready to go exactly on time. His music was wonderfully upbeat and relaxing, not overpowering so our guests could visit comfortably, the music brought the party together. We definitely will be having Emanuel play again for us!
This review site only lets you post pictures and unfortunatly I only took video of Emanuel playing, no pictures,
Can't say enough about Emanuel he was terrific all our guests had great things to say about Emanuel!
We will definitely be using him at our next event. He was very professional and played a variety of music
kept the theme of the party alive.
Thank you again for this wonderful artist.
Emanuel is extremely professional and talented. He arrived to our party an hour early to get set up and once he started he kept the jams coming with a big contagious smile. He played a great mix of classic reggae music and contemporary pop hits with a steel drum flair. It was a long party so he took short breaks but it was no problem, he kept the party going with a great playlist. Everyone at our party enjoyed having him and they all hung out a little longer to listen to him play the steel drum and his singing. We highly recommend Emanuel and hope to have him at our next party!
Mr. Emanuel was absolutely unbelievable!! He played for a birthday party for my husband and did an outstanding job. He had a great variety of songs, was super professional and our family and friends complimented him non-stop. Loved it !!!
I am a professional classical musician and at my client's request, hired Emanuel for his party after reading glowing reviews here on gigsalad. The process from day 1 of contacting him to the execution on the day of the event were flawless. He always responded within a few minutes after each inquiry and when I texted and called him a few times on the week of the event, he replied immediately.
On the day of the event, he was the first vendor to arrive at the venue to my delight. Throughout the 11 hour- event, he was very professional and easy to work with. Emanuel is quite, agreeable, soft-spoken, gentle, easygoing, and well-dressed. His music was lovely and pleasant, had sweet island-vibe, and a lot of guests sat around where he was playing, to enjoy their cocktails and music. All of us felt comfortable to be around him all day and couldn't have asked for a better person/musician to accompany us on such a long day.
Without any hesitation, I recommend him highly and I would hire him again.
We had a "Caribbean Night"- Emanuel was early, set up and ready to go well before start time. His music was great and well-received. He is very friendly. A+
Emmanuel was incredible, he made my father in laws birthday a day to remember for many years. The music was absolutely wonderful, setup/equipment professional, on schedule and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Thank you, Emmanuel, for making this evening full of memories.
Would hire him again everyone loved him
Emanuel was timely, professional and played to our crowd. He took requests and my guests loved him! Will definitely call him again!!!
Emanuel was great , everyone enjoy him, I will recommend you all to everyone. Thanks again.
We hired Emanuel for our wedding in July. The guests were mostly American but with a few Trinidadians and we wanted to give them a taste of Trinidadian culture. The guests were extremely impressed with Emanuel's performance and made that abundantly clear throughout the rest of the wedding reception.
We were so happy with the performance that Emanuel Ector gave for our church services. There was an incredible atmosphere in our lobby before our services which inspired dancing and a conga line. People loved it! Then he took it to another level when playing on our stage. We loved having Emanuel with us and will definitely have him back for future events!
Emanuel is an amazing musician. His music whisked us away to the Caribbean....on a Sunday afternoon!
He has such a wonderful way about him. He read the crowd and each song was perfect. He completely unified the evening and everyone is talking about his awesomeness! I hope we have an occasion to use him again!
Emanuel was excellent! He played a wide variety of music and I often heard, "Oh, I love this one!" . I received a lot of compliments after the event about how much people enjoyed having the steel drums added to our event and how impressed they were by Emanuel's performance. It really added a fun vibe.
Music was GREAT!!!.. my guests enjoyed it!!
Emanuel provided the entertainment at our community Caribbean Summer Party in Maple Lawn in Fulton. He's a 1-man show but sounds like a full steel drum band. He played classic Caribbean songs as well as some contemporary ones. He really set a fun vibe for our party of 220+ people. I highly recommend him!
Emanuel was brilliant! All our guests loved the music, and his selection if songs was thoughtful and beautifully played. Thank you!
Emanuel was awesome. Would highly recommend!
Emanuel was just super awesome! Was on time, set-up and performed all evening. He endured the chilly weather and rain, and kept on playing. Such a delight to be able to share his music with my friends and family. Will definitely bring back for more! Thank you Emanuel for a great evening!
HE WAS MY FAVORITE PART OF THE PARTY!
Emanuel was freaking awesome! Can't recommend him enough. Cannot wait for our next big event to book him again!
Emanuel was great to work with and has incredible talent!
Read the crowd well and was flexible with our students. On time and had no problem setting up and being ready.
We had a private Anniversary dinner at my home and he played for us while we had dinner. Emanuel was on time and pleasant and he played all our favorite songs. We will hire him again!
I was so please with Emanuel Ector's professionalism. He arrived ahead of his scheduled performance and was playing beautiful varied sounds from the Caribbean when guest arrived. He was most suitably dressed for the occasion and his manner was very easy, polite and professional. I had a lat minute change to extend his time for an additional half hour and he quickly negotiated a very fair amount which matched his rate. In that he was flexible added to his attractiveness for future engagements. He plays the steel drums exceptionally well and has such a wonderful singing voice. I encourage all to select him as your performance of choice for you next event.
Emanuel was not only punctual but he was also very formal, and helpful. His music was just what I was looking for as he did both original and song of my choice. I would definitely recommend him for any event!
Emanuel was nothing less then professional and talented! Many of our guest commented on how great he sounded, and some went and asked for his cards after the event. We will use Emanuel's service in the future!
Emanuel was hired to play at my moms birthday party. He was prompt and on time and played all of the music that we love. He was excellent! I would recommend him anytime.
Emanuel played for our pool closing party. He arrived early to set-up, he was professional and really good. I will be booking him again. Highly recommended!
Emanuel was darling, professional, extremely talented, a severe crowdpleaser. I could not of asked for a better entertainer for our party. Highly recommend this gentleman.
We hired Emanuel for an event and he was exactly what we wanted/needed. He was professional and easy to communicate with especially as we had to speak with him about time changes and whether he could set up in one location then pack up and continue on a boat. He was flexible and everyone loved his smooth Caribbean vibe. I would highly recommend him!!
Emanuel was a true professional in every sense. His music sounded great and the song selection was top notch. All our guests commented how much they enjoyed the steel drum/calypso music. It was certainly one of the highlights of the evening. Emanuel was prompt, courteous and professional.
He was perfect for our party. We changed the venue last minute and it did not cause a problem. He showed up early to set up and was a tremendous addition to the party. I highly recommend him.
Response from Emanuel Ector:
It was a wonderful experience performing at your birthday party. Thank you.
Price Range: $150-$1200
Gig Length: 90 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
A one man band. My set up is a steel drum and a microphone on a stand for my vocals, on which hangs an iPad that is used for the background music. My sound system consists of a table with my mixer and one full range speaker box on a stand. I usually occupy a space averaging about 16 sq. ft.
Born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, I now reside in Maryland USA just outside Washington DC. I started performing since the late '60s playing bass guitar and keyboards. I've been working with steel drums for over 20 years arranging, orchestrating and composing. I started as a one man band in 2005 performing (sometimes with my brother) along the East Coast (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, CT, VA) in weddings, pool parties, corporate functions etc. My repertoire includes a wide range of selections which caters to baby boomers and millennials alike.
Additional Booking Notes
One socket 120 volts A/C (at least 30ft. in proximity to performance area)
Covered area or tent (if gig is outdoor) average 6'x6' in order to provide shade from direct sunlight for equipment.
Dry floor (if outdoor) where equipment is to be set up.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 10, 2021 • 5:45pm - 7:15pm||Wedding Reception|
Past Booked Events
|October 31, 2020 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||House Party|
|September 05, 2020 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||House Party|
|August 30, 2020 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
|December 12, 2019 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 12, 2019 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 10, 2019 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 10, 2019 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Christmas Party|
|October 24, 2019 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 20, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 31, 2019 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Cultural Event|
|August 31, 2019 • 3:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 28, 2019 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 25, 2019 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Campus Event|
|August 24, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 20, 2019 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Festival|
|July 27, 2019 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|July 26, 2019 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|July 25, 2019 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||House Party|
|July 15, 2019 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 29, 2019 • 2:00pm - 6:00pm||House Party|
|June 23, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 15, 2019 • 7:00am - 9:00am||Launch Party|
|June 14, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
|June 09, 2019 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|May 14, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Festival|
|March 23, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
|February 25, 2019 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Corporate Event|
|February 21, 2019 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Cultural Event|
|January 23, 2019 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
|December 08, 2018 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm||Christmas Party|
|November 03, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|October 06, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Rehearsal Dinner|
|September 29, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|September 29, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:30pm||Corporate Event|
|September 22, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|September 15, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|September 08, 2018 • 2:30pm - 7:30pm||House Party|
|September 06, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Retirement Party|
|September 01, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|August 19, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 18, 2018 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Festival|
|August 04, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|August 03, 2018 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Bahama Breeze|
|July 30, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Ivy City|
|July 28, 2018 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|July 27, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|July 26, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Bedford Court|
|July 21, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|June 30, 2018 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm||Reunion|
|June 30, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||House Party|
|June 23, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 22, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 07, 2018 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party|
|June 02, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|May 27, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 26, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Birthday Party|
|April 28, 2018 • 9:00pm - 10:30pm||Convention/Trade Show|
|April 13, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|April 08, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|April 05, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|March 17, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||House Party|
|March 11, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|November 18, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|November 11, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 11, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 27, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|October 08, 2017 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm||Fundraiser|
|October 01, 2017 • 12:30pm - 3:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|September 30, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|September 24, 2017 • 11:30am - 12:00pm||Festival|
|September 21, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Cultural Event|
|September 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 15, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Fundraiser|
|September 13, 2017 • 11:30am - 6:30pm||Grand Opening|
|September 10, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||House Party|
|September 09, 2017 • 10:30am - 5:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|September 05, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Cultural Event|
|August 26, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Corporate Event|
|August 12, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 09, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Convention/Trade Show|
|August 05, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 01, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Festival|
|July 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 09, 2017 • 8:00am - 11:00am||Religious Celebration|
|June 25, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|June 24, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|June 23, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Birthday (Teen)|
|June 21, 2017 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm||Corporate Event|
|June 11, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|June 10, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 10, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Graduation|
|June 04, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Dinner Party|
|May 20, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Grand Opening|
|May 06, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|April 01, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Grand Opening|
|March 04, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Corporate Event|
|February 25, 2017 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm||Campus Event|
|December 03, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|November 25, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|November 19, 2016 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|November 13, 2016 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 05, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 02, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 09, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 24, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 17, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 10, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|September 08, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 29, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Product Promotion|
|June 23, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 11, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Graduation|
|October 03, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
Under the Sea
Kiss the Girl
Here I am Baby
Three Little Birds
Best Day of My Life
Stand by me
Hey Soul Sister
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
I Feel It Coming
Down on the corner
Rock the boat
Island in the Sun
Time After Time
I Can See Clearly
Stir it Up
The Harder They Come
Break My Stride
Red Red Wine
No Woman No Cry
Ride (21 Pilots)
Don't Worry Be Happy
Back Bay Schuffle
Can't Help Falling (Wise men say)
Don't You Want Me Baby
La Isla Bonita
Escape (Pina Colada Song)
Tempting To Touch
Senorita (S. Mendes/C. Cabello)
One 120A/C socket
Shaded area or tent ( if outdoors )