Sherwin Thwaites Music "Upscale Steel Pan Instrumentalist"
If you are looking for the ideal musical treat for your event, you have come to the right place. The steel drum provides an amazing back drop and ambiance to any event. I have Berklee College of Music education and over 20 years of performing professionally. Furthermore, I perform a repertoire of over 350 tunes and am able to play various genres of music. I take requests and can also learn any selections that you would like to make your event extra special.
Available to provide a great musical soundscape for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, etc.. Includes an extensive repertoire of Top 40, Soul, R&B, Oldies, Caribbean
Sherwin played a concert for a public library. Professional, timely, and an excellent performer -- he was a joy to work with.
And our patrons absolutely loved the performance!
Response from Sherwin Thwaites Music:
Thank you so much for having me John! It was a great audience and I thoroughly enjoyed performing and talking with them! Hope to see you guys again soon!
I recently attended a wedding reception and Sherwin was playing his steel drums at cocktail hour. It was EXCELLENT! The music was so enjoyable and really got the party started. Well done Sherwin!
Sherwin performed at my daughter's wedding last Saturday (Oct 21, 2017) and was nothing short of spectacular! Aside from being a great musician, Sherwin connected with the audience and masterfully tailored the mix accordingly. He can play anything; calypso, reggae, motown, contemporary, modern hits, classical, etc. Sherwin played one and a half hours straight at our cocktail hour and I received so many compliments on the music, especially from people that never experienced steel drum music before. He is truly the ultimate professional, superb entertainer and a master of his craft. Thank you Sherwin for making this a special day for all of us.
I work at a venue in South Jersey and one of my clients brought Sherwin in to play the Steel Drums during the cocktail hour for her wedding. We were so impressed with his music and amazing personality that we asked for his contact information for future events. Shortly after, the owner of our company hosted a large Clam Bake event, and was looking for a unique entertainer during dinner at the last minute. Sherwin immediately came to mind, and he agreed to perform on short notice, almost 2 hours away, with an incredibly affordable price! Sherwin is talented, a joy to work with, very responsive, accommodating, and a true showman. We cannot wait to have him back soon! Thank you Sherwin!!!
We got married this past weekend and all I could say was Sherwin was an amazing musician, so professional throughout the whole event, and our guests raved about what he did. I have friends texting me today asking for his information. You cannot go wrong, the day would not have been what it was without his involvement.
Sherwin Performed at my 50th Birthday party. He arrived early and was a true professional. All my guest raved about his performance. He was engaging, entertaining and played beautifully. I would definitely book him again.
I'll email photos later.
Arrived early enough to see what was needed to be set up before performance time.
Excellent performance. Crowd surrounded him and rocked to the beat of the steel drums.
A true professional. A pleasure to have him come to our event.
Sherwin was a huge hit at our event! Great performer and very professional. I would recommend him to anyone!
Sherwin was amazing. We hosted a big yearly event and Sherwin pleased at every single turn. Big repertoire and big authentic sound. If you want steel drums, he really is your guy. He plays alone or with a group. Google him his resume runs deep. It's all in the family too in terms of his talent and how steel drums and instruments are his life. Trust me, HE WAS AMAZING. If you are looking for steel drums and class (and good ones are NOT easy to find) stop looking.
The performance was far more than I expected. Sherwin's gentle rhythms of tropical tunes seemed to transport my wedding guests to the islands. He played an array of musical selections, including R&B, soft Rick, and Calypso, for my diverse audience. Highly
Sherwin was wonderful for our son's college graduation party! We had a wide range of ages in attendance and everyone lives his sound! His music set the perfect tone for our party!
Sherwin was just what we were looking for , for our summer wedding,at the Harbor Club . He gave the tropical vibe we always wanted. He was very professional, on time, and dressed well . Our guests are still raving about him. He played through the whole wedding not just the cocktail hour. I highly recommend him and hope to use him in the future .
Sherwin was not only awesome to work with, but he also is a talented musician whose contributions helped make my September 2016 wedding an awesome success! Guests loved the music he played during our cocktail hour and four months later they are still talking about it! Also, a relative of mine who attended the wedding was so impressed she recently hired him to play for her birthday in December. I heard it went well and of course, she was pleased with his performance again. I was more than happy to be the link that connected the two of them.
Sherwin arrived in a timely fashion to the wedding venue, and setting up the gig was simple with his prompt response anytime we communicated, whether it was via email or over the phone. It was a pleasure working with him on my special day, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire him for any other event ... I highly recommend Sherwin!
Sherwin was absolutely awesome to work with straight from the beginning! He called us as soon as he received our inquiry and my husband had a very pleasant conversation with him. We liked how personable he was and felt immediately comfortable with him. We booked him and between booking and our wedding he was great about communicating with us and making sure everything was in line. The day of our event he blew everyone away with his music!! Every single person I talked to during cocktail hour mentioned how much they loved the steel drum player. It added the exact feel and touch we were looking for. I even had a few people mention that if he noticed someone watching him specifically, he would get a little more theatrical with his playing and movements, which they loved. At the end of cocktail hour Sherwin found me, made sure everything was situated and I didn't need anything else from him and congratulated me on my wedding. He was very sweet and professional and an absolute highlight to our day. We 100% recommend him to everyone!! We hope to book him again in the future to add some fun to a party. :) Thank you Sherwin!
Sherwin is an excellent performer and flexible in the moment. From my first conversation to the email exchanges, I knew I had to hire him to perform at my wedding. From my requests from Motown to pop to soca, he played every song plus more. He performed during the "welcoming hour"; however, because of traffic at the George Washington bridge, my wedding was delayed and I asked if he could stay longer. With a warm smile, he stayed and played on.
If you closed your eyes and listen to him, you are whisked away to the Caribbean. He is not only awesome to listen to but you can actually see he enjoys his craft. During and after the wedding my guests asked me where did I find him and can I give them his contact info. Steel pan music is a huge part of my culture and my spouse and I wanted our two cultures to be present for our wedding; because of him, it was. Without a doubt, I recommend him highly!
Sherwin was great to work with. Very professional, quick to reply, and, most importantly, extremely talented!! I would definitely recommend Sherwin for any event.
Sherwin played my cocktail hour at my reception last night- and my entire family has reached out already to let me know how amazing they thought he was!!!!!! And I agree 1000%. A wedding is such a crazy day, and working with Sherwin was smooth and seemless- everything was discussed and answered prior to the event and went off without a hitch!!! I can't wait to have another party to have Sherwin come play! I will highly recommend Sherwin to anyone planning any type of event.
Sherwin did an excellent job performing during our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our guests loved the vibes and I thoroughly enjoyed the songs played during cocktail hour. We are still getting compliments.
Yes, I would recommend using Sherwin for your entertainment needs and would call on him again in the future. Thank you!
Sherwin was the perfect choice for a ladies garden luncheon. His presence was unobtrusive. His music was magical and perfectly pitched. He responded to the audience and shifted his genre accordingly. A versatile, musical entertainer. Unfortunately, he is not available for a repeat performance in 2 days, but we will keep him on our musicians roster. Thank you Sherwin
I'm so pleased to write this review about Sherwin. Not only was he the highlight of my party he also was on time and kept my guests talking for hours about his fantastic music selection. I will definitely have him back again to perform at my home in the future! Thanks again for your outstanding performance!
Sherwin was amazing!!!! We had him play at our party for over three hours. He was talented and fun and brought such a unique element to our party! I highly recommend him and will be using him again!
We hired Sherwin to play during the cocktail hour for my mother-in-law 50th birthday celebration. He exceeded our expectations! The music was great and we enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was talking about it. Thank you for making the day special.
Sherwin was not only amazing and professional, he made the entire party! I was lucky enough to secure him for my Saturday night party and it was fantastic, we even extended the time because guests would not let him leave!! From his arrival to the very end it was nothing other than perfect. Thank you Sherwin!! We will definitely be seeing you again!
This guy has his act together. On time, in tune, and superb. Can't wait to here him at next years party.
Sherwin did an amazing job entertaining my customers last Friday at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of our Lilly Pulitzer clothing boutique! The energy was fabulous and the music fun and relevant to my clientele. Can't wait to invite him back for a future event here at Paradise!
We hired Sherwin to perform at a client event with 400+ people and he added so much to our event. HE played a mix of classic hits and pop/new music on the steel drums and everyone LOVED it! The party wouldn't have been the same without him, and he was also extremely pleasant and kind to work with! We look forward to working with him again!
Sherwin's professionalism was apparent from our first communication with him. He was easy to reach and completely understood the vibe we were looking for. At our wedding, I couldn't tell you how many guests came up to us and told us how incredible his performance was. Several people told me they just stood next to him for the entire cocktail hour! Thanks Sherwin for everything. For anyone considering Sherwin, please do not hesitate.
I never met him before, however he sound on the phone very accommodating
Well, he is a 1 man orchestra in addition to the steel drum.
Every one was so impress with him !
Thank you, thank you, I am sure we will contact you again,
Ari & Rina
Sherwin did a fantastic performance at Sotheby's for a cocktail party. All of the guests were remarking how refreshing and fun the music was, and it created a great vibe in the party. Sherwin was very professional. Highly recommend!
Sherwin played during the cocktail hour at my wedding on August 23, 2015 and all I can say is, he did an awesome job.
I wanted a party atmosphere at my wedding and wanted all my guests to eat, drink and be merry while I married my best friend. Sherwin kicked off our cocktail hour on time, entertaining my 250 guests with Soca, reggae, soul and hip-hop music. The music was amazing that sereval guests started dancing during the cocktail hour while others were singing the words to the songs being played. All the guests from different backgrounds and culture were up on their feet cheering as Sherwin played. Sherwin keep the guests on their feet for the entire hour...truly amazing!!! He started my wedding off with a bang!! All my guests continue to rave that my wedding was the best wedding they ever attended as they have never seen such a gifted and talented musician like Sherwin, that can entertain and entire crowd and have a cocktail hour jumping and rocking to island vibes and music.
In addition to his musicial talent, Sherwin is very professional and easy to work with, he responds immediately to all my texts, calls and emails.
I would highly recommend Sherwin to play at any event and he will be playing at other events that I will be hosting in the future. Truly amazing, awesome musician!!!!
Thank you again Sherwin! Excellent Job!!!
We hired Sherwin for my sisters wedding as a surprise to her and her husband. Sherwin exceeded our expectations and truly made my sisters ceremony/cocktail hour a time to remember. From his music selection to his professionalism, we couldn't of been happier with his performance. He was on time, reliable, and if we had any questions it was easy to contact him. We would absolutely use his services again and are very thankful for the memories he made for us!!!
We used Sherwin for a company event with other 250 attendees. It was easy to book and communication prior to the event was timely and professional. The steel drums were a wonderful addition to our party and really set the mood with a good vibe from the beginning. No-one wanted Sherwin to leave! His sound, presentation, and overall demeanor was wonderful! I highly recommend and will definitely love to work with Sherwin again!
Sherwin Thwaites = Truly Amazing! I had the absolute pleasure of having Sherwin perform at my wife's birthday party this past weekend, and let me tell you that Sherwin was the hit of the party! He is super talented, musically gifted, knows how to keep the crowd going, and the best part is he the nicest person you will ever meet! Everyone at the party continues to rave about how great he was! I cannot wait to have him perform at our next function. Do yourself a favor and let him perform for you. You will not be disappointed! Thank you again Sherwin! You are an awesome musician, and an even better person!
Sherwin was a breeze to work with, professional and quickly responded to all of my emails.Sherwin's steel drum style was unique and made my ceremony extra special.
Sherwin played at my dad's retirement party. Sherwin ' s steel drum playing helped set the tone for a tropical backyard party. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and really enjoyed listening to the music. Sherwin was professional, courteous, and an all around nice guy! He invited our guests to sing along and helped to keep the party atmosphere going. I highly recommend Sherwin and would hire him again for any future events!
My fiance and I were privileged enough to have Sherwin play for us on our wedding day on June 5, 2015. Sherwin was excellent from booking to all the way through his performance at our wedding. He was punctual, friendly, helpful, and worked well with my day of coordinator. The music he played for us was beautiful, all of our guests are still raving about what a wonderful performance it was, a month later. I would definitely recommend Sherwin and I will always keep him in mind for future events. :-)
We hired Sherwin to play the cocktail hour at our 11th annual Celebrity Golf Charity event in Jersey City. He was a pleasure to work with - let me know what he needed space and set up wise, showed up on time/early and rocked the party. Highly recommend him to all.
Sherwin was very professional and a fantastic artist. He was there on time, set up beautifully, and performed exactly as he was asked. I would hire him again in a heartbeat for any event !!
Sherwin I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your awesome and wonderful performance at my birthday celebration, the pan music was all that I wished for, you were right on time. I look forward to booking you again if need be. Keep up the good work that you do, you are a natural. Your name speaks for itself. One love.
Sherwin was so professional and energetic. He made the party! He is a wonderful musician. I would recommend him to anyone looking!!
Sherwin was wonderful. His steel drumming made our party something special. Sherwin plays beautifully, he is a professional, warm, friendly person. We literally asked him to come again before he left.
Price Range: $450-$2000
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Sherwin Thwaites Music
An upscale steel pan instrumentalist is available to provide a unique and special soundscape for your special event. Feel the warmth of the Caribbean as I perform a variety of selections from my 200+ repertoire of songs. Your performance will include virtuoso steel pan player Sherwin Thwaites performing with high quality backing tracks. Your event will be the talk of the town after my performance!
Born in Toronto, Canada of Trinidadian parents. My parents and I then migrated to the DC area. At an early age I was exposed to all genres of music and cultures. We listened to calypso, reggae, go-go, jazz, and gospel. Being born in the mid 70's, I was old enough to be a part of the hip hop movement during the 80’s. Oddly enough, my first instrument wasn't a guitar or a violin; it was a soprano steel drum. By the age of 10, I was performing in adult steel bands with my dad and younger brothers. We have performed throughout the United States and worldwide for presidents, sports teams, dignitaries and anyone else who needed steel orchestras. In addition, I have been afforded the opportunity to perform with the likes of Andy Narell, Ray Holman, Len Boogsie Sharpe, Robert Greenidge and Ken Professor Philmore to name a few. Furthermore, I have traveled to Trinidad on numerous occasions to compete in Panorama competitions with Phase II Pan Groove and other steel bands. With these influences and a degree from Berklee College Of Music, my background lends to a very unique sound that transcends any genre or instrument. Furthermore, Sherwin Thwaites Music is available to provide a unique and special soundscape for your special event. Feel the warmth of the Caribbean as I perform a variety of selections from my 200+ repertoire of songs. Your event will be the talk of the town after my performance! I will travel anywhere!
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 13, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
Past Booked Events
|August 19, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 03, 2017 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Graduation|
|October 01, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 30, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|July 15, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 01, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 18, 2015||Corporate Event|
|August 21, 2015||Dinner Dance|
|August 08, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 17, 2015||Cocktail Party|
All Of Me - John Legend
Ordinary People - John Legend
Just My Imagination - The Temptations
Hello - Lionel Richie
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Lets Stay Together - Al Green
My Girl - The Four Tops
Calyspo and Reggae
Soca Baptist - Super Blue
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Stir It Up - Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Sugar Bum Bum - Lord Kitchener
I Feel Good - Beres Hammond
They Gonna Talk - Beres Hammond
Bottle Of Rum - Machel Montano
Too Real - Kerwin Du Bois
Wotless - Kes The Band
25-8 - Lyrikal
Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
St Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Green Dolphin St-Kaper
Satin Doll-Duke Ellington
Happy - Pharrell Williams
I Gotta Feeling - will.i.am
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Shake Your Body - Michael Jackson
Differentology - Bunji Garlin
Royals - Lorde
Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
Rude - MAGIC!
La Bamba - Richie Valens
Imagine - John Lennon
Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Jr.
Influences & Inspiration
Influences are but not limited to: Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, George Benson, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, Arturo Sandoval, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera