steel pan* symphony ,
music to my ears, heart, soul
steelbands in the country.
Formed in 1990, members of FLASH!
find as much joy in playing the steel drum (known as pan)
as they do in sharing their music with audiences of all ages.
Thirty five people from Blue Hill Peninsula and nearby towns
play Calypso, Swing, Blues, Pop and Classical.
Since the mid 1970s, steelband music (pan)
has been an integral part of the musical tradition
of the Blue Hill (Maine) peninsula.
Originating in the early 1940s in Trinidad by
descendents of slaves, pan is now played and
performed by musicians world wide.
This music offers musicians and audiences alike
the opportunity to participate in the growth of
a musical style that evolved from a crude folk drum
that rose out of repression into the finely tuned
and world respected orchestral instrument of today.
Because learning to play the pan is relatively easy,
it has attracted players of all ages and levels of musical ability.
Several high schools in Maine,
including the high school serving most of the Blue Hill peninsula,
now teach steelband instrumental music as part of the regular
curriculum, which exemplifies an open approach to music education.
At an event this month, I was talking to a high school
student that was so excited about the classes and all the history.
We had quite the conversation. Thank you, Larry.
I first heard the steel pan music in 1968, when I moved to Puerto
Rico when my then husband was stationed there. I was so impressed
with the quality of music, including symphonies. I still love the
music to this day.
Source of information on steel pan music: Facebook:
Flash! In the Pans Steel Drum Band