Performing for appreciative crowds on the East Coast, and literally around-the-world, since our founding in Baltimore in 1971, the Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra remains the band people turn to when they want the absolute best in authentic Caribbean steel drum music. Each of the musicians are a native of the birthplace of the steel drum, Trinidad & Tobago, and have been playing the pan for decades. Book 2 to 10 musicians.
Price Range: $300 and up. #Mus + Length + Location
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
You can expect musicians that are from the birthplace of the steel pan, Trinidad and Tobago, and who have been playing the pan for many decades both individually and collectively with the group. 2018 marks the 47th anniversary of this group performing together. You can expect the group to be professional, punctual and dressed in buttoned down island themed shirts. You can expect to hear the best Caribbean steel drum music played anywhere outside the Caribbean. You and your guests can expect to be thoroughly entertained by the music of the islands.
The Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra was formed in 1971 by a few Trinidadians who resided in Baltimore, Maryland. Richard Semper and Paul Gervais, who are still with group today, are two of the original members. The group now has musicians performing in it representing three generations of the Semper family. 2018 marks this fantastic group’s 47th Anniversary.
During their amazing 45-year ride, the band has performed in over 6,000 concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region and Europe, entertaining over a quarter of a million happy listeners. The group has generously offered its services to countless charitable fund-raising affairs. In 1978, the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra toured Europe as Goodwill Ambassadors for the city of Baltimore and for Trinidad and Tobago's High Commissioner in England. The orchestra received honorary citizenship to the city of Annapolis, received the keys to Ocean City, Maryland by the admired mayor of Ocean City, Harry Kelley, and entertained audiences at the 1979 and 1983 World Series in Baltimore. The group has also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for former President Carter. One of their proudest accomplishments is having been named as the "Official steel Orchestra of the city of Baltimore" by its late and great mayor and former governor of Maryland, William Donald Schaefer. The band continues to grow as an organization with strong community support and dedication.
Beginning in 1999, The Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra has taken part in a project called "Pan in the Community," a program designed to reach the art of playing the steel drums to kids in after school projects, summer camps, public schools, and PAL projects produced by Baltimore City.
A steelpan is made from an empty 55-gallon oil drum. The transformation is a complicated process that requires many years of experience. To the Trinidad and Tobago pannists, the craft of pan building is as important as the music itself. Each pan represents a different voice in the ensemble and each voice is important. Just as violins can't replace trumpets in an orchestra, no type of pan can replace another.
If interested, please take a look at this brief history on the pan featuring one of the group's co-founders, Richard:
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While there is nothing more exciting than hearing the entire orchestra playing, as few as two members of the orchestra can be booked to perform at your venue or private party.
The Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra brings the music of the islands to you when you cannot make it to the islands.
Additional Booking Notes
When booking less than five musicians, the musicians require access to one common household electrical outlet. Five or more musicians we do not require any electricity to perform. If we are performing near a pool or other body of water, we request that we be staged sufficient distance away from the source of the water to avoid shock hazards and from getting splashed. Other than those simple requests, we do not need a lot to provide you with the best in Caribbean steel pan entertainment you can book.
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