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.
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 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 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 !!!
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.
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: $200-$2000
Gig Length: 90 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
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)
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
|April 05, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|April 28, 2018 • 9:00pm - 10:30pm||Convention/Trade Show|
|May 27, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|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
Hey Soul Sister
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
I Feel It Coming
Sugar Bum Bum
Girl From Ipanema
Quando Quando Quando
Island in the Sun
Rolling in the Deep
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
Time After Time
La Isla Bonita
Escape (Pina Colada Song)
One 120A/C socket
One shaded tent