Dec 072009

Reel Ting Steel Drum Band shot a brand new music video November 19th 2009 at the Juno Pier.

Reel Ting Steel Drum BandEveryone 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.

Dec 062009

live wedding musicOn 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.

Dec 042009

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.

Dec 032009

Steel Drum BandReel Ting Steel Drum Band to perform December 6th 2009 at the Famous Benvenuto in Delray Beach Florida for the Stacey La Fremiere Wedding event. The wedding event will feature a taste of European style foods and complimented by the Reel Ting Island sounds. This should be a good one!!!!

Nov 172009

Wedding player Reel Ting Steel Drum Band a hit at the House of Refuge.

On November 14th 2009 the Reel Ting Steel Drum Island Band traveled northbound for a historic wedding event featured at the House of Refuge Museum located in Stuart Florida. Lisa Newman the Refuge Manager was on hand to host this special event.

The festivities started off with a beach wedding ceremony featuring two tenor steel drums and a percussionist. As the bride walked towards the Atlantic Ocean to meet her new husband the band preformed the wedding classic “Cannon in D” and “Island in the Sun.”

Afterwards the band performed at the cocktail hour and the wedding reception. Lisa Newman, Refuge Manager stated, “This was the best band that has ever performed here. In fact I have recommended them for two additional weddings. They were on time, professional, and very accommodating.”

To book Reel Ting for YOUR local wedding, call George Pollis at 561-215-7596.

Nov 172009

When it comes time for your local wedding to take place there is nothing that is going to make your big day more special than proper planning and execution of those plans. Part of your planning will include what you will do for music at your wedding ceremony, reception, or even your cocktail hour. Of course it all depends on the theme of your wedding, but if you go the way of so many these days you will go with a tropical, beach, or destination wedding and nothing sets the tone for these types of local weddings like a steel drum band.

I have been a part of ‘Reel Ting Steel Drum Band’ now for the past ten years and I not only perform in the band, but I also manage it. That said my experience with wedding music spans much more than the past ten years, in fact it spans the past forty years. I grew up knowing nothing but wedding music as my late father was a full time wedding singer. While many household dinner discussions included days at the office and school work, ours consisted of wedding music talk. Perhaps that is why music runs so deep in the fabric of my family. Not only am I in one of the greatest steel drum bands around, my older sister is a part time wedding singer too.

Recently I have had a number of people inquiring what makes for a good steel drum band for their local weddings. Whether planning your local wedding on the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, or even indoors with no water in sight, having a good steel drum band play at your wedding will give you the feeling of being swept away to a tropical island paradise. Here is what to look for when conducting your research:

  • Responsible Band Manager?
    The most important factor to consider when hiring a steel drum band for your local wedding is finding a band manager that is responsible, will return your inquires promptly, and most of all will have an attitude that will mesh with yours. You need to get a good feel or the band manger right off the bat and that should start with some e-mailing. E-mailing back and forth allows for a record of your conversation to be kept and will give you a general idea of how prompt the band manger will be in responding to your questions and concerns. If you get a good vibe through e-mail then the next step is to make a phone call to the band manger and set up a face to face meeting to discuss your expectations and see if the steel drum band you are considering will be able to oblige. Remember, you are hiring a more laid back style of music and sometimes that means a more laid back group of band members, so it is important that you know what you are getting ahead of time.
  • How well does the steel drum band perform?
    You simply cannot get a good feel for a steel drum band unless you see them in action. The best way to do this is to go to an event that the steel drum band is planning on playing well in advance of your local wedding event. This is your opportunity to see how well the band performs as well as how they sound. Watch the lead singer and see how charismatic he or she is. There is no point in hiring a boring steel drum band no matter how good they sound. If you cannot make one of their events, see if they have a video that you can watch and look for the same characteristics.
  • What music does the steel drum band play?
    Be sure you get a song list from the band manger so that you can look over what the steel drum band plays. Remember, their idea of what they like to play may not be your idea of what you want to hear at your local wedding and Caribbean music can vary somewhat from Calypso to Reggae to Soca. It is also a good idea to see how the band feels about taking requests both ahead of time and at the wedding event itself.
  • Band Credentials?
    It is important to find out from the venue where your local wedding will take place exactly what credentials will be required from a band that may play there. For example, some venues will require a steel drum band to carry a $1,000,000 certificate of Liability Insurance and also carry workman’s comp. Once you find out what the venue’s requirements are, ask the band manger to furnish you with the documentation you need ahead of time. This will avoid any snags from taking place and possibly ruining your special day.
  • Price?
    I mention this last for a reason. While in today’s tough economic times it is always good to save a few bucks where you can, be wary of this when hiring a steel drum band. If you go bargain basement in price you will more than likely get a start-up band with little to no experience or one that is less than reliable. Saving money does you no good if the steel drum band you hire is an hour late to your local wedding event. This is not to say that you have to go with the priciest steel drum band, but you do need to thoroughly do your homework. When it comes time to pay be sure you get a contract. Industry standard calls for a 50 percent payment up front and the balance is usually paid on the day of the event. If your local wedding is going to be outside be sure to write in the contract a makeup date as you never know with Mother Nature.

A good steel drum band can be worth its weight in gold and can make your local wedding event be a smashing success. Hiring the right steel drum band for your big day can have you and your guests doing the limbo, making a huge conga line, and creating memories that no one will forget as long as they live. Your wedding day only comes once in a lifetime, so make the most of it by hiring the right steel drum band for you.

Sep 162009

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Before you say, “I do” – book Reel Ting as your wedding reception musicians. From the Florida Keys through the Treasure Coast, brides and grooms are always looking for the perfect wedding musicians company to add the perfect touch to their big day.

Forget about boring bands, obnoxious DJ’s, and canned music – Reel Ting plays your favorites and gives your reception the fun and memorable touch only a live wedding entertainer can bring. Local wedding planners recommend Reel Ting because they know everyone will be happy.

Steel band music creates an easy, tropical island feel that makes people want to smile, dance, and have fun. Reel Ting has played at some of the most prestigious weddings, corporate events, and concerts in South Florida, and is known for bringing the level of enjoyment up a notch wherever they play.

This steel wedding band can customize their song list to include all your favorites, adding in a little island zing to get your guests up out of their seats and onto the dance floor. The perfect mix of Caribbean and American music, it’s no wonder Reel Ting is the band for every wedding – local to the Treasure Coast or anywhere in South Florida.

If you’re getting married in Florida, give a listen to Reel Ting, and then give us a call. We’re the wedding player wedding planners love, because everyone raves about how much fun the reception was – just what you want your wedding remembered for… the one where they had fun!

Book Reel Ting, the Steel Drum Band everyone loves.

For more information about Reel Ting or to schedule bookings, call George Pollis at (561) 215-7596 or send an email to