Ever since they were married, Brain and Dawn have always wanted to go to the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys. In celebration of their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary they decided to renew their marriage vows. The Reel Ting Steel Drum Band performed the at the Wedding Ceremony performing Cannon in D, The Wedding March and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
The morning of their vow renewal the bride wore a beautiful cream colored pant suit and he wore a beige colored polo shirt with khaki pants. They met the coordinator at a little photo hut on the beach. She led them to the secluded beach where the minister would perform their ceremony. Her bouquet was made with orchids, ferns and pale pink hibiscus. The trail rose and wound through a verdant tropical garden coming to a little clearing. A beautiful cascade of water tumbled down a coral rock wall covered in ferns, moss and climbing orchids. It
was like paradise.
The minister performed their ceremony and the photographer took some candid as well as posed pictures during as well as after the ceremony. After the ceremony Brain and Dawn cut the small cake and toasted the occasion with some Champagne. Then we were off to enjoy their second honeymoon.
The hotel bungalow was about a hundred yards from the water, nestled inside a grove of palm trees and bushes. Only wooden walkways connected the bungalows to each other and the main building. They had space to themselves. Privacy! The bungalow itself was two rooms — a bedroom with a king sized bed and a main sitting room. A balcony overlooked the beach. There were no phones, only a button with an intercom. On the table in the main room was a brochure describing everything you could possibly see or do around the Florida Keys.
They spent the rest of the day relaxing in their bungalow and by the pool. The next day they tried scuba diving then, parasailing, and then wind surfing. They spent the next day at different markets in the Keys and purchases lots of local arts and crafts.. Every day, there was something new and different to see. They didn’t think five days would be enough time to see it all.
More than once Brian and Dawn said they would have to come back and to do it all again!
Romantic sunsets, warm breezes, lush tropical settings, fine restaurants. Those are a few of the traits that made the Keys famous as a wedding destination. These days, more and more couples are realizing that those same traits add a beautiful place to hold a wedding ceremony and while you’re getting married why not add some Steel Drum Music to the event by hiring the Reel Ting Steel Drum Band? http://www.reelting.com
There is a time and a place in the Florida Keys to move anyone. You can say your vows inside an historic tropical church, on the beach at sunset, or aboard a sailboat, yacht or even a kayak. Scuba-diving couples have motioned their vows to one another underwater among the corals and tropical fish.
Perhaps best of all, the Florida Keys are home to a host of highly- professional wedding planners, photographers, and venue operators. These people are ready to help you prepare a wedding ceremony and reception that will suit your desires and budget.
And because this is the Florida Keys, you won’t have to worry about entertaining your guests when you can’t be with them Many couples discover that when they move their weddings away from their home towns the result is stress-reducing and full of adventure!
On August 7th 2010 Sr. Marine Outreach coordinator Rob Cliff and staff members hosted a function at the Famous Green Turtle Historic House located in Islamorada at the National parks Conservation headquarters located in Islamorada, Florida Keys. The purposed of this event was to educated the general public and local resident of Florida’s joint efforts focusing on the protection of “Back Country Waters and Sea Grass areas located in the Gulf of Mexico.”Rob introduced several new approaches and researched data that has made a significant difference in the protection our pristine Florida Keys waters.
Mr. Cliff insight as an environmentalist, avid fisherman and naturalist, and Tropical Musician have promulgated
the National Parks efforts in protecting the Florida Keys greatest treasure.
The function was adapted by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce with the emphasis on conversation and
protection of our wet lands.
Reel Ting Steel Drum band was on hand to provide some tropical ambiance to support the National Parks
Reel Ting Band Manager/Steel Drum Musician and founder member George Pollis had a special interest in
performing for this great cause. As an ex-United States Coast Guard Man and environmentalists, George got
to see firsthand how the Florida Keys survived many environmental catastrophic events over the years.
Hats off to Rob Cliff and his Staff, Keep up the Good Work!!!
Who They Are:
Our Mission: To protect and enhance America’s National Parks for present and future generations.
America’s national parks are the touchstones of our shared history and culture. In some ways, they represent the soul of the nation. They represent our hopes, our dreams, our struggles. They are our absolute best places.
~ Tom Kiernan, NPCA President
We believe that America’s national parks and historical sites embody the American spirit. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.
But these living, breathing monuments to our nation’s history, culture, and landscape need care and support to overcome the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever. At the National Parks Conservation
Association, we work every day to ensure our national parks get that vital care and support.
NPCA plays a crucial role in ensuring that these magnificent lands and landmarks are protected in perpetuity:
• we advocate for the national parks and the National Park Service;
• we educate decision makers and the public about the importance of
preserving the parks;
• we help to convince members of Congress to uphold the laws that
protect the parks and to support new legislation to address threats to
• we fight attempts to weaken these laws in the courts;
• we assess the health of the parks and park management to better
inform our advocacy
On July 22nd, 2010, The Reel Ting braved the weather and performed during Tropical Storm Bonnie at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, Florida Keys. The event was a Tropical Wedding with the Reel Ting Steel Drum performing the Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music and at the Wedding Reception.
The prelude to the Ceremony began on the beach grounds at the Cheeca Lodge in their lush Gardens area, surrounded by the famous Crossing Palms. The ceremony included two, Steel Tenor Steel Drums/Pans and a Concert Flute. The guests were treated to a prelude concert featuring songs such as Yellow Bird, Island in the Sun and Day Oh’. As the processional bridal party arrived they we serenaded by songs like the “Cannon in D” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. The Ceremony recessional song included, “Could this Be Love” by Bob Marley. The
Ceremony ended with beautiful weather and sunshine.
The Cocktail Hour began shortly after the Ceremony with the instrumental sounds of the Reel Ting. The cocktail hour was located on the veranda deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The weather cooperated and the appetizers’ were served under the moon lit Ocean and a beautiful night seemed to be on tap for this gorgeous couple from Atlanta, Georgia.
As the cocktail hour matriculated into the wedding reception, the party got started as the Conga line formed and the guest were singing and dancing to the Caribbean sounds of Reel Ting. The children got involved in singing, dancing and playing George Pollis’s Steel Drum to their favorite song “Hot, Hot Hot”. As the Wedding reception was winding down, a 50 MPH wind gust presented itself and the Conga line was caught off guard. Suddenly the heavens opened up and rain began, however the bridal party remained dancing!!! Hats off to a wonderful celebration at the Cheeca Lodge!
Here’s what the Bride had to say about Reel Ting’s performance:
Thanks so much to you and the band at our Cheeca Lodge wedding and
reception. It was wonderful. Our guests are still talking about it and the way that you all
interacted with them. It was perfect. I could not have asked for more.
My best to you,
~ Lindy Davis
During the late 1800’s “Tamboo Bamboo’ band of Trinidad used pieces of bamboo to create music. Eventually, their bamboo instruments were replaced by metal one made of discarded biscuit cans, garbage can, paint cans and discarded oil drum left by American sailors during the second world war. After over 100 years of exploration and a lot of careful tuning they turned this discarded rubble into one of the world’s most soughs sounds, that of the Steel Drum.
The instruments in a steel drum band are divided into three main groups: frontline pans, midrange pans and background pans. Frontline pans which often play the melody, include tenor, double tenor (two pans preformed at one time by one musician), and double second (two pans preformed at one time by one musician). Background pans, such as the tenor bass and six bass (Six pans or more played at one time by one musician) produce the root or bass line for the other instruments in the band
Winston Spree Simon is most famous for his spectacular performance at the 1946 Carnival, where he played his 15-note tenor pan. In 1946, Ulric Springer became one of the first pan players to use two sticks, now Master Pan Musician are using four sticks. In the early 1950’s Tony Williams created a pan with a 4th and 5th arrangement of notes in a spider –web pattern. Elliott Mannette is credited with giving the steel drum its current form. He was the first to create a pan with a concave face and one of the first to use a 55-gallon oil drum.
On June 24 2010, The Reel Ting Steel Drum Band has introduced the first Steel Drum University and has named it “Pan University” to the general public. It’s curriculum was composed by Jimmy Jam Graham, Master Pan Musician from Jamaica, Studied and grew up with the late Bob Marley, Eric Ness, Master Pan Musician from Miami Beach, Pan designer, George Pollis, B.S West Chester University, founder member of Pan University and Reel Ting Steel Drum Band Manager, Walter Palmer, First Call Musician studied at the prestige’s Massbalm School of Music, Ernie Groom Studied at Berkley School of Music and several others.
The curriculum will be available on line @ http://www.reelting.com and on site in Palm Beach County Florida spring of 2011. The core studies will feature frontline pans and midrange pans. Graduate courses will be available to the professional fraternity spring of 2012. The course studies will take an average of four years to complete the Masters Program or six months to become a “Hummer and Strummer”. The goal of the school is to teach generally accepted music principals and Steel Drum ethics, and to have lots of fun while attending.
….. It’s on its way to the Guinness World Book of Records!!!
On June 25, 2010, The Reel Ting Steel Drum Band introduced the Worlds Largest Steel Drum. The band performed with this new musical Steel drum instrument at a wedding event at the Premier Banquet Hall located in Miami Florida. The Steel Drum measures over 40 inches in diameter and has over five octave ranges. This incredible engineering innovation will revolutionize the way Steel Drums will be designed in the future. The sustained vibrancy, range, residence is triple that of a standard manufactured steel drum instrument.
George Pollis, Steel Drum Musician and Band Manager of Reel Ting Steel Drum Band along with Eric Ness, Master Pan Designer and Master Pan Musician, launched this new Steel Drum into the Steel Drum Community and Pan-Demonium has been re-found. This new Steel Drum covers the ranges from the front line pans, midrange pans and double second pans, double Guitars, double tenor pans and bass pans all in one steel drum. It is very easy to play and other Master Pan Musicians are waiting in line for the next Pan to be manufactured. More Photos’, Audio and Video clips of this new Steel Drum sounds can be found on our YouTube channel.