“On behalf of this office and the Board of County Commissioners, please allow me to express my gratitude and appreciation to you and the Reel Ting Band for your participation in the 3rd Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit held at our facility in Key Largo on December 8, 2011.
The Reel Ting Band did an outstanding job of providing Keys-style music during the evening luau, and the music selections were perfect. We had over 250 people attend the summit form our four county region of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe County. Numerous elected officials were also in attendance. Everyone was very complimentary of the band. It definitely helped set a casual and festive mood for the luau. Your band members were all talented and personable individuals, contributing to the success of this event.
We very much appreciate this excellent level of service. This contributed to the high overall success of the Summit itself.
Thank you again for your contribution and support of this important event!”
Roman Gastesi – Monroe County Administrator
Reel Ting : History of Steel Drums
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.
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….. It’s on its way to the Guinness World Book of Records!!!
Worlds Largest Steel Drum
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.
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Reel Ting Steel Drum Band shot a brand new music video November 19th 2009 at the Juno Pier.
Everyone had a great time, and even the camera crew was singing and dancing. They couldn’t help it – it’s what always happens when the band starts playing.
If you’re getting married in South Florida – or planning a birthday party or other special event – you can count on Reel Ting Steel Drum Band to make your event memorable and FUN!
Call George Pollis to get your event on Reel Ting’s calendar. Call (561) 215-7596 to book the band.
On November 19th 2009 the Reel Ting Steel Drum Band recorded at the Daniel Lumbardi Recording Studio located in North Palm Beach Florida. The band re-recorded Pachelbel’s famous wedding classic Canon in D on their steel drums.
The Reel Ting recording of Canon in D was “fabulous” stated Daniel Lumbardi, Berklee College of Music School Engineer. The recording is in the final mix stages and will be available for purchase late December 2009.
Keno is currently the touring keyboard player for Ky-Mani-Marley, son of Reggae Great Bob Marley.
Keno’s first appearance with Reel Ting was August 14th 2009 at the Cruzan Stadium West Palm Beach Florida Performing the opening act for the Dave Mathews Band. The sold-out show thrilled more than 22,000 fans. Keno’s tour experience will enhance Reel Ting’s world tour scheduled in 2011 which will include Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, Africa, and South America.
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Reel Ting Steel Drum Band is!!!!!!!
The Reel Ting Steel Drum Band was invited by one of the NFL preferred vendors to perform at Landshark Stadium February 07, 2010 for the NFL’s Super Bowl Championship game. Stay tuned for more details.
On January 16th 2010 the Reel Ting Steel Drum Band travels to the city of Key West to perform its Caribbean Music for the Perz Wedding. The wedding event will feature a true tropical flair with steel drum performing at the wedding ceremony, then a full dance band for the reception .The band will be performing its recently recorded wedding classic on Steel Pans, Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
Built in 1896, the Southernmost House is a superb architectural site that offers a historical museum and 13 guest rooms that are open to the public. Visitors feel enveloped in the rich history of the house which was at one time a Cuban nightclub. Browsing through the museum, you’ll be treated to many Presidential artifacts including signatures of William Henry Harrison and President Johnson. On display is also a collection of personal writings of Ernest Hemingway, including letters he wrote to friends and relatives. There’s also an exhibit of artifacts and treasure that was salvaged by Whitey Keevan from the shipwreck of a Spanish galleon.
Posted as the largest concert event in Palm Beach County in years, on August 14th 2009, the Reel Ting Steel Drum Island Band opened the show at the Cruzan Rum Amphitheater in West Palm Beach Florida for the Dave Matthews Band.
Cruzan Rum and the Reel Ting put together the “Show of Shows”. The band featured nine pieces including Keno Hall Keyboard player from The “Ziggy Marley Band” and the Famous Jimmy “Jam” Graham, a Steel Drum Player with roots in Jamaica who has performed with his childhood friend “Shaggy”. The band also featured Bobby “Chew” Buffett from Ocean City, New Jersey performing on the harmonica and the steel guitar.
What a Night!!!
“This was the largest event the Reel Ting Band has ever performed at,” says band manager and steel drum musician George Pollis.
“With over 22,000 fans in attendance for this concert event, the Reel Ting did a spectacular job!” says Wayne Pozzi, Cruzan Rum executive. “I would recommend them to anyone. They are a band with a bright future.”