Oct 112010
Florida Keys Tropical Sunset Wedding

Florida Keys Tropical Sunset Wedding

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? https://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!

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Sep 292010
Reel Ting Steel Drum Band

Reel Ting Steel Drum Band

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
Conversation efforts.

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:

National Parks Conservation Association

National Parks Conservation Association

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


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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
the parks;

• 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

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Aug 052010
Reel Ting Steel Drum Band Performs at Cheeca Lodge Wedding During Tropical Storm Bonnie

Reel Ting Steel Drum Band Performs at Cheeca Lodge Wedding During Tropical Storm Bonnie

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

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Aug 032010
Reel Ting : History of Steel Drums

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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Jul 092010
Reel Ting Pan University

Reel Ting Pan University

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 @ https://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.

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Jul 042010

….. It’s on its way to the Guinness World Book of Records!!!

Worlds Largest Steel Drum

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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Jun 042010

sunrisetrIt’s true. Any wedding planner will tell you. Live wedding music – better than a dj. There are many reasons that many will tell you that live wedding music is better than a dj. What are some of those reasons? Here we will tell you a few about them. Let’s look at them. Shall we?

For starters, who doesn’t love to have some live entertainment. People who come to your wedding reception will have a much better time because they have will have entertainment that they can enjoy on a visual and auditory level. This all can help drastically to make the people at your reception have a lot better time.

Another thing that you must consider when you go for live wedding music is what sort music you want to have played. This will tell you what sort of live wedding band you will need. You will notice a big difference in the atmosphere when you have a live band. When you choose a band, they might only play one type of music. This is the reason you need to know what sort of music you want.

Another reason is that you can find some bands that have some sort of sound that you might not have heard about. One of these is Reel Ting. It hasn’t been heard of very often, yet at the same time, they have great music for all to enjoy. Isn’t that what many of you look for as you are picking out music for when you take those vows?

The last thing that allows it to do is that it allows you to have some extra fun. With a dj you can get people up and moving about, but nothing like a wedding band can do. People just feel a lot more in a party mood when you have a live band. So, it might be something to consider.

So, as you can see, there are reasons to hire a live band. We assure you that if you can pay for this and swing it, you and your guests will have a better time. That’s worth a lot when this is hopefully the only time you say I do. How is that for reasons?

Jun 032010

geoIf you are having an upcoming function and are wondering what kind of music to pick, think about, Steel Drum Bands – Island Sound for Your Party. When a party has the Caribbean sound of the steel drums, it take it to a whole new level of fun. It can really take an outdoor event and make it more festive. There are lots of reasons why choosing this type of music makes sense.

For a sound and beat that is unusual to most parties, you can try the steel made drum sound. This particular sound is so different that it will be pleasing to your guests ears as they enter the party. While most events have the same kind of bands or DJ’s, you will be the one that proves to be unique.

Having a unique sound at your function is sure to get the guests up and dancing. It will make your party quite memorable. You will have people dancing and others mingling with mention of the music. There will be people asking you for contact numbers who want to use the same band at any upcoming parties they might be having.

You will not have to worry about people not hearing the music, this rich sound will carry itself far and beyond. That means your friends and family could be entertained anywhere they choose to go and mingle.

For a band that is sure to be a crowd entertainer, you will find that the people playing the drums, will know how to interact with the group and keep them hopping to the beat.

Steel Drum Bands – Island Sound for Your Party, will be a blast and a party to remember for a long time. You can find local bands by checking the internet for groups in your area. If you want to pay more, you can look even further for a band that can provide you with the ultimate sound.

May 262010

band fullWhat you should know about Wedding musicians depends on the type of wedding you are planning. In addition, you will need to decide if you want the musicians for the ceremony, the reception or for both. Once you have an idea of these variables, you will be set to choose the musicians.

The most traditional weddings use a piano or organ for playing the Wedding March as well as the recessional. Someone may sing during the ceremony and the person is generally accompanied by the instrument.

In less traditional settings, this music may be provided by a recording or using another instrument. In fact, in less formal weddings the traditional processional and recessional music may not be used at all.

Many couples choose a band for the reception. The band can provide dance music for the entertainment of the guests. You will want to determine the length of the reception before contracting with the band.

If you are planning a less formal wedding, you may have a DJ to play recorded music for both the ceremony and for the reception. Most mobile DJs will provide the sound equipment needed for both places and will play a variety of music to meet the taste of a wide variety of guests.

Before you select the musician or DJ you should listen to them at some other place. If you have heard someone you like at a friend’s wedding be sure that you contact them first. Ask for references and be sure that you check out those references. If at all possible, make arrangements to hear the band live before you make your final decision.

Wedding musicians are important in setting the mood and atmosphere for the ceremony and for the reception. If you choose the correct musicians, your day will go smoother.

May 212010

band fullIt can be very overwhelming to plan a wedding. There are so many things to consider, and your music can be one of the most important. The music you choose will set the mood of the day, so be sure to choose it carefully. When looking at options, 3 things to know about a wedding musicians company are what style they play, how much they charge for their services, and whether or not they do requests.

Just like everything else at your wedding, the music is up to you. You can choose from countless options of musicians, bands, DJs, or anything else you can think of. Be sure to consider important factors like how much space you have, how loud you can have music, and what kind of music your guests will like the best.

It can be hard to decide on a genre of music. Most people like to have soft or acoustic music for the ceremony, jazz or easy listening for dinner and pop or rock hits for dancing. Whatever genre you like, try to go with something that is not too loud, obscene or offensive.

There are many different options for music, and therefore many different rates apply. As a general rule, the more musicians you hire, the more it will cost. Most bands base their rates on how long they need to play for and how many guests are at the event.

If you expect to hand pick a lot of the songs for the wedding, you need to make sure your musicians can accommodate your requests. Many bands work from prepackaged song lists, so be aware that special requests could cost you an additional fee.

There are many resources for wedding musicians companies online. Look around to find more information about musicians in your area that may be a good fit for your wedding.