Music for Steel Pan

Beginning Pieces                                                Intermediate Pieces                                               Advanced Pieces
 
 
This page contains music written exclusively for steel pan, often in the form of "tunes". For my concert music that utilizes steel pan, please check out Music For Percussion.
 
Each piece could be performed by percussion instruments instead of steel pan. Tenor parts work well with vibraphones, xylophones, and glockenspiels; double seconds and triple guitar parts work well on vibraphones and marimbas. Some pieces will have additional parts written for percussion instruments; these parts do not really overlap, and require more performing forces.
 
Each tune is assigned a difficulty rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Beginner tunes have been tested out with students in the 11-18 year range. Intermediate tunes are acceptable for more advance high school and college groups, and 'Advanced' tunes are typically more musically complex (and so require more advanced musical ability, if not more advanced technique). Beginning tunes often repeat large chunks of material to facilitate swift learning.
 
Stylistic features are included when applicable. I have also tried to include some elements of each tune so that the scope is clear.
 
Drum set parts use the same notational key, which I will upload soon. Engine room and drum set parts may be altered, so long as stylistic integrity is maintained.
 
I am also available to write pieces for your program - send me an email and we can talk about it!
 
 
Beginning Pieces                                                Intermediate Pieces                                               Advanced Pieces

Beginning

 

       A Day of Rain for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 5'

                 D Major, Swing - slow outer sections; quick middle section; almost Intermediate difficulty

       Bowser In a Box for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 2'

                 E-flat Major, Waltz - serene; charming

 

       Cha-Cha Champ for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 G minor, Cha-Cha/Rock - groovy; solo section

       Like A Boss (Anova) for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 2'

                 F Major, Bossa Nova - low-energy; solo section

       Mario At the Aquarium for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 2'

                 C Major, Calypso - charming; solo section

       Over the Land for Beginning Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 F Major, Calypso - simple

Intermediate

 

       25 Years for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 F Major, Soca - upbeat; solo section

       29 Forever for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 A minor, Calypso - dark; slow opening and ending

       Anger Buckets for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 F minor, Calypso/Rock/Reggae -

       Cha-Cha Chalupa for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 3'

                 C Major, Cha-cha

       Ringtone Rondo for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 4'

                 F Major, Soca

       The Thief And The Wizard for Intermediate Steel Band; duration: ~ 4'

                 E minor, Calypso

Advanced

 

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