I play Steel Pans/Drums, as a soloist or with a band, specializing in the music of the Caribbean. I play professional quality Steel Pans that are tuned and maintained regularly. I offer several different programs from interactive events to entertainment. My music has been enjoyed by all ages and I tailor my program to fit the needs of the specific event. I play various styles of music, including: Calypso, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Samba, Rhumba, Cha Cha, Jazz, Rock, and Classical. I have an extensive song list. I am completely self contained with my own P.A. gear and accessories. I dress well and appropriate for the occasion. Let me help make your next event, one your guests will remember.
Ray and his band played at our Celebration of Life party on Sat Jan 14th. Their music and sound make you feel your in the Islands. Highly recommend you get them for your event. We found them very receptive to our request and very reasonable cost wise.
Will use them again.
Very friendly gentleman who played great music and set the mood for the evening
We hired Ray McNamara to play the Steel Drum at our daughter's pre-wedding picnic held at Doheny State Beach on August 30, 2014. He was awesome! His music truly added to the ambiance of the party and everyone loved it! He was courteous, professional and cooperative in all our dealings with him ... we highly recommend him and would hire him again if we ever needed a musician for another event. Thank You, Ray, you were fabulous!
Ray was as professional and courteous as they come. He kept in communication with me as the event came up, and worked around our equipment deficiencies. Will definitely hire him again, and highly recommend both his flexibility and his performance skills.
We hired Ray to play our Anniversary Luau, and he really set the vibe for our evening. His excellent musicianship along with his extensive song list and flexibility with scheduling, was a professional and enjoyable experience. I would recommend Ray to anyone. Mahalo!!
Ray McNamara Biography
Ray McNamara received his M.F.A. in World Music and Percussion from California
Institute of the Arts, in 1985. He has played on film scores, records, television shows, commercials, and various stages. As a Steel Drum soloist, Ray blends his unique style of soca and jazz to bring a fresh approach to The Steel Pan. Ray has toured the U.S., Japan and the Caribbean with his group, the Calypso Pirates. His latest project, Damaru, combines traditional rhythms and Instruments with modern day technology, developing a unique synthesis in sound. As an Educator, Ray has taught at Cal Arts, Northern Illinois University, UCR, UCLA, and Fullerton College.
Past Booked Events
|September 17, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Retirement Party|
|September 19, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 24, 2014||Hotel|