Music for Steel Pan
This page contains music written exclusively for steel band.
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 notation.
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.
I am also available to write pieces for your program - send me an email and we can talk about it!
Beginning Steel Band Tunes, volume 1
A Day of Rain ~ 5'
D Major, Swing - slow outer sections; quick middle section; almost Intermediate difficulty
CaSo ~ 5'
G Major Soca - fast; some chromaticism; solo section
Cha-Cha Champ ~ 3'
G Minor, Cha-Cha/Rock - groovy; solo section
Chunk ~ 3'
F Blues, Funk - groovy; syncopated; almost Intermediate difficulty; percussion breakdown
Disco? ~ 3'
A minor, Disco/Rock - driving; epic
Like A Boss (Anova) ~ 2'
F Major, Bossa Nova - low-energy; solo section
Mario At the Aquarium ~ 2'
C Major, Calypso - charming; solo section
Nautical Nanigo ~ 2'
A Minor, Nanigo - dark moving to light; optional keyboard percussion parts
Over the Land ~ 3'
F Major, Calypso - simple
Relajate ~ 3'
F Major, Reggae - relaxed, with a driving B section
Other Tunes (sound files coming soon)
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