Potts & Pans Steelband

Why book Potts & Pans Steelband?

Potts & Pans is one of the only all steelpan bands in Illinois. If you are looking for a steelband, look no further. Along with having a full 10 piece band, we are also able to provide smaller groups or a soloist to suit your budget and size constraints. Potts & Pans loves to hear requests from our hosts, it helps us build our repertoire. Currently we play pieces from american pop, european classical, jazz, soca, calypso, and more! Want to hear your favorite song adapted for steelpan, just ask. Don't settle for those bands with 1 or 2 steelpans along with guitars and basses. Those aren't steelbands, and they can't provide the type of impact that a full steelband can.





Potts & Pans Provided Unique Sounds at Store Grand Opening

Matt and the Potts & Pans Steelband met all our expectations. We asked them to play for about an hour during our store grand opening event. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, we asked Potts & Pans to play a patriotic song, which was just wonderful. They were on-time and very professional. I would recommend them to anyone looking to add an unique sound to their event.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Kelly U.
Event: Grand Opening in Hoffman Estates, IL
Event Date: Oct 12, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Band

Fabulous Steel Band for Wedding

I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed Matt and his steel band my daughter's wedding. They played at the ceremony and through the cocktail hour and our guests loved it. They also learned some news songs for us and we added some live vocals and together they sounded fabulous. I would highly recommend Potts and Pans.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Kim H.
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Aug 23, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Band

Response from Potts & Pans Steelband:

Thank you Kim, we loved playing for you and your family/friends!

Professional, Great time!

We really enjoyed Potts and Pans entertainment for our annual school field day. Matt was early to set up and was really great with the kids! Everyone was so excited to have him there. Thanks again!

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Reviewer: laura s.
Organization: Woods School
Event: Festival in Lake Geneva, WI
Event Date: Jun 5, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Band, Caribbean/Island Music

Came to see a great band......

Went to see the PPS on February 2 out in Lake Villa and was bummed their set had been cut short! I've seen members of the band play independently and was quite impressed -- both with the musicality and their willingness to talk shop after their set -- so I was psyched to hear about the PPS and their net clips had me hooked. Big disappointment in the shortened set but I'll make the trek again at next opportunity. 5 stars because I'm just so impressed with their sound and the guys I've met from the group were just plain cool. Looking forward to their next full show!

Reviewer: Accrington S.
Event: Bar/Lounge in Lake Villa, IL
Event Date: Feb 2, 2013

Response from Potts & Pans Steelband:

Thanks for coming out, and sorry about our set getting cut short. That's a long story that's not appropriate here, but you can check out our website, or contact us, for the full story. We can't thank you enough for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next show you can make. If you let us know ahead of time, we'll even work in a tune for you to come up and join us if you want!!

Great Band!! Didn't know pan sounded this good!

I've seen the Potts and Pans Steelband on multiple occasions and have always been impressed. I've heard them do everything from calypsos to classical pieces, all the way up to pop tunes - it's an amazing variety. I'd recommend them for any event if you're looking for the real thing...they are not just some guy playing Bob Marley Tunes with a backing track.

Reviewer: Mike P.
Event: Concert Venue in Crystal Lake, IL
Event Date: Feb 4, 2012

Outstanding Group!

Potts & Pans exceeded my expectations for our corporate group. They were very professional and very fun! The guests thoroughly enjoyed this group and would have them back in a heart beat!

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Nicole P.
Event: Corporate Event in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Apr 15, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Band

Response from Potts & Pans Steelband:

Thank you Nicole, it was truly a pleasure working with you!!

Highly recommended!

As an event coordinator for a semi-professional hockey team, I reached out to Potts & Pans to enhance our "Beach Weekend" theme and I could not happier with this decision.

Very professional, easy to work with, adaptable, engaging, and above all -- talented! If you're looking for a great steel drum player then I would encourage you to strongly consider Potts & Pans. They took the time to learn the goals of our event and offered suggestions to help us not only achieve but maximize the atmosphere we were striving for. Our entire staff and the 4,000+ fans that attended our game that night were genuinely impressed with what Potts & Pans brought to the table.

I would gladly work with Potts & Pans at a future event!

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Adam
Event: Sporting Event in Kalamazoo, MI
Event Date: Mar 8, 2013
Hired As: Steel Drum Player

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 5 - 360 minutes
  • Fee: $100 and up
  • Languages: English, Spanish


Along with being one of the only groups that can provide a real steelband, not just a single pan playing with guitars, we are also qualified educators. Whether you are looking for a straight concert filled with steelband music that ranges from classical to calypso and everything in between, or looking for an educational event, Potts & Pans is your best choice. The members of Potts & Pans have over 40 years of steelpan education under their collective belts. There may be other groups out there that have performers that are older, but you're going to have a tough time finding anybody more qualified or experienced with all aspects of the steelpan.
If you are looking for an educational event, please mention that in your quote request. We have special pricing for educational events in order to help more knowledge about this great instrument.

Additional Booking Notes

When hiring the Potts & Pans Steelband keep your setting in mind. We can provide anything from a solo panist through a full 10 piece steelband. The full steelband will require a relatively big area to set up in, while the smaller groups will not. The smaller groups are available as acoustic acts or with backing tracks. Backing tracks help provide a bigger sound and also allow the performers to have more fun with the performance and play more.

If performing outside, some type of shade must be provided. Direct sunlight is very bad for these instruments and will cause them to go out of tune!

Past Booked Events

06/30/13 Earlville, IL
06/29/13 Lake Villa, IL
06/09/13 Belvidere, IL
05/31/13 Earlville, IL
05/18/13 Arlington Heights, IL
05/17/13 Aurora, IL
05/07/13 Crystal Lake, IL
04/15/13 Chicago, IL
04/13/13 Crystal Lake, IL
03/30/13 Crystal Lake, IL
03/24/13 Indianapolis, IN
03/22/13 Harvard, IL
03/09/13 Kalamazoo, MI
03/08/13 Kalamazoo, MI
03/07/13 Grayslake, IL
03/02/13 Crystal Lake, IL
02/23/13 Crystal Lake, IL
02/02/13 Lake Villa, IL
01/24/13 Arlington Heights
01/05/13 Woodstock, IL
08/18/12 Chicago, IL
08/11/12 Stickney, IL
08/01/12 Rockford, IL
07/28/12 Lake County Fair Grounds
07/28/12 Kenosha, WI
07/21/12 Barrington, IL
07/14/12 East Troy, WI
07/14/12 Sheboygan, WI
07/11/12 Wheeling, IL
07/08/12 Montreal, Canada
07/07/12 Montreal, Canada
07/06/12 Montreal, Canada
07/04/12 South Holland, IL
07/03/12 Wauconda, IL
06/30/12 Green Bay, WI
06/30/12 Twin Lakes, WI
06/27/12 Rochelle, IL
06/26/12 Lake Geneva, WI
06/21/12 Chicago, IL
06/15/12 Aurora, IL
06/09/12 Rockton, IL
06/06/12 Rockford, IL
05/19/12 Naperville, IL
05/04/12 St. Paul, MN
04/23/12 Crystal Lake, IL
04/08/12 Park Forest, IL
04/07/12 Park Forest, IL
04/05/12 Park Forest, IL
03/31/12 Kenosha, WI
03/11/12 Crystal Lake, IL
03/02/12 Crystal Lake, IL
02/25/12 Raue Center of the Arts
01/01/12 New Buffalo, MI

Potts & Pans Steelband

Potts & Pans Steelband is part of Potts & Pans, Inc. NFP, a not-for-profit organization that helps support the spread of the steelpan within the American culture. As well as performing, Potts & Pans also can provide clinics, masterclass, and workshops for your event. Why hire a group that just plays the clich music and does not really know what this instrument is about or its rich history? Potts & Pans values, and understands the importance of the heritage of this instrument and is willing to share that information with anybody that would like to listen.

If you are planning any cultural event and would like the caribbean to be represented, the only better choice than Potts & Pans is to fly a steelband out from Trinidad! There is no other group out there that can provide the same level of musicianship along side quality education as Potts & Pans.

Potts & Pans does not have to provide an educational element for your event though. If you are planning a party or wedding, Potts & Pans is also equipped to provide a great performance of just music to suit your event. Potts & Pans will cater to your needs. We view you as customers, not clients, and in our mind the golden rule holds true, "the customer is always right." We are capable of providing nearly any genre of music and can adapt our playing style and group size to fit your setting and budget.

There are getting to be more and more options when it comes to steelpan entertainers. Many of these entertainers are good entertainers, some of them are great. None of them, though, can touch Potts & Pans in terms of all around versatility. Potts & Pans is a top level performing group, coupled with an educational course, and tied together by extreme passion for the instrument. Don't sell yourself, and your guests short, get the best entertainment package available.

The team providing the talent:

Christina Guerrero

Steelpan, Flute

Matt Potts

Manager, Steelpan, Percussion

Mike Schwebke


Paige Moore


Anthony Houston

Steelpan, Vibes

Jimmy Pinkl


David Brachmann


Omar Garcia


Andy Soderstrom


Hannah Pahl


Set List

We love to custom taylor our shows for each event. Below are just some of the tunes that we have prepared by request for some of our many happy clients. This is certainly not a complete list, and we are always open to hear your suggestions. Feel free to e-mail if you would like more details about this.
Besame Mucho
By Chance
Bacchanal Lady - David Rudder
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
December 1963 (Oh, what a night) - The Four Seasons
Yellow bird
Matilda - Harry Belafonte
The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
Eine Kleine Nachtmusic - W.A. Mozart
Hungarian Dances - J. Brahms
Old Lady Walk a Mile and a Half - Lord Kitchener
Walk Like a Man - The Four Seasons
Bad - Michael Jackson
Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5
Canon in D - Pachelbel
steelband paradise
grapefruit juicy fruit - Jimmy Buffet
i shot the sheriff - Bob Marley
could you be loved - Bob Marley
sonata III - Handel
both of them
try jah love - Stevie Wonder
overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
son of a son of a sailor - Jimmy Buffet
friday in tunapuna - Gary Gibson
exodus - Bob Marley
autumn leaves
tico tico
ave maria
hard times
one particular harbor - Jimmy Buffet
the rhythm of calypso
last kiss - The Cavaliers
belly full - Bob Marley
St. Thomas
A Night in Tunisia
come monday - Jimmy Buffet
raindrops - Liam Teague
soca evelyn
redemption song - Bob Marley
a pirate looks at forty - Jimmy Buffet
Jump in the Line
blue bossa
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
get up stand up - Bob Marley
The Star Spangled Banner
The Irish Washerwoman

Influences & Inspiration

Andy Narell
Gary Gibson
Liam Teague
Cliff Alexis
Jonathan Scales
Leon "Foster" Thomas
Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
N&M Trinidad All Stars
Phase II

Setup Requirements

5' X 5' area

shelter from weather

sufficient lighting