Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo

Why book Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo?

We're steel drum, salsa, and world music experts who've been bringing the Caribbean to parties and concert halls for almost 15 years. We’re versatile enough to play anything from background and wedding ceremony music to featured dance music to a concert hall program, and from calypso to salsa and reggae; jazz and rock to classical.

We offer a complete tropical party experience and we know how to involve your guests with dance lessons and sing-alongs and percussion play-alongs.

Finally, we offer broad appeal and flexibility. Steel drum music is universally adored. And, unlike most acts, Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo can easily scale its size to your event: from solo to 7-piece band.





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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 2 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $300 and up
  • Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish


The audience will experience a variety of upbeat, fun styles from all over the Caribbean and the world, such as Merengue, Salsa, Calypso, Reggae, Brazilian music, etc. We also play North American pop tunes that everyone will recognize. When appropriate, we try to get the audience involved as much as possible with playing percussion, dancing, singing, etc. They might have a brief dance lesson, take a drum or maraca solo, or sing in Spanish or English.

Additional Booking Notes

We are highly flexible and can adapt to many different types of events, from small cocktail parties in a living room to stadiums.

Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo

Four former members of the Oberlin Steel Orchestra who were dedicated to spreading the joy of steelband music formed Pan Leggo in 1994. Over the years a number of fine musicians, including legendary pianist Ray Holman, have played in the band and helped to keep our music fresh and vibrant.

Ian attended Oberlin Conservatory, joined Pan Leggo in Seattle in 1995, and became its leader in 1997. Ian has expanded Pan Leggo’s entertainment offerings to include large and small group sizes, fabulous party activities centered on dancing and singing, and a wide repertoire of “world music” styles.

A Seattle native, Ian has a Master in Music degree in Percussion and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington. He also holds a BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. He has studied and performed music throughout the world, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean, Chile, Thailand, Europe, and India, where he studied tabla. Ian grew up at ground zero of the nascent Seattle grunge scene, but his interests have always lay more with jazz and world music than rock.

Ian has jammed, performed, toured and recorded with many bands, orchestras, and theater companies including: Members of Pearl Django, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Arne Livingston and Dale Fanning of the Living Daylights, Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Jason Finn of the Presidents of the United States of America, world renown pan player Ray Holman, Andy O, Scott Law, Arturo Rodgriquez, University of Washington’s prestigious #1 Studio Jazz Ensemble (Roy Cummings, director), Rufus Reid, Eva Ybarra, Edmonia Jarrett, Ponticello and Chris Murphy, the Seattle Repertoire Jazz Orchestra, Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller, and others too numerous to mention. He has also worked as a recording session musician at top local studious such as Bear Creek.

Ian makes his living as a performer (bandleader and side man), composer/sound designer, and clinician and teacher in world music, jazz, and percussion. His work combines his love of travel, culture, and language with his passion for music and technology. Ian vision is to bring the world together in a small way through music and technology. Catch Ian playing at the Bahama Breeze restaurant and other northwest venues or, during the winter, on a cruise ship, in Mexico, or in some other exotic location.

The team providing the talent:

Ian Dobson

steel drums, percussion, vocals, bandleader

Set List

This is an incomplete list, we are always adding tunes:

Black Magic Woman
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Brown Eyed Girl
Bubble Toes
Call Me Al
Cielito Lindo
Dock of the Bay
Dollar Wine
Don't Know Why
Don't Worry Be Happy
Evil Ways
Flight of the Bumblebee
Gilligan's Island
Girl from Ipanema
Here Comes The Bride
I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
I Shot the Sheriff
Ian Solo Songs
In the Jungle
Is This Love
Is This Love
Jamaica Farewell
Kiss the Girl
La Bamba
Mambo #5
No Woman no Cry
On Broadway
One Love
One Note Samba
Oye Como Va
Pachabell Canon
Pum Pum
Ran Kan Kan
Red Red Wine
Redemption Song
Ring of Fire
Rivers of Babylon
Shake Senora
Son de la Loma
St Thomas
Stir it Up
Super Mario Brothers
Wedding March
You can Get It if You Really Want

Influences & Inspiration

Bob Marley, Tito Puente, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Carlos Santana, Harry Belafonte, Nora Jones, Radiohead, Latin American folk music, Caribbean folk music, Antonio Carlos Jobim, etc.

Setup Requirements

Cover from direct sunlight and rain for outdoor performances

Depending on the situation there may be other equipment requirements