History of the Steel Drum

History of the Steel Drum


The Steel Drum was invented on the Island of Trinidad and Tobago. They are formed from 55 gallon oil drums. Through the years of process it has become an international instrument. An instrument you could play from Beethoven’s 5th to the latest pop. Because of its limited space on the 55 gallon drum several pieces of different drums had to be used to create full orchestral. Unlike its sister, the piano, several drum have to be used, for instance, the lead drums carry the melody or the tune. You get a low tune from the Alto or double seconds. Then you have the lower tone’s which is found on the Guitar pans or the Cello’s. Then you go lower in tune to the Bass pans. All these drums or pans form together to make an orchestra.

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