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Our Professional Stand Bag is the perfect small carry case for your Professional Tripod Lead Stand or a set of our Professional Double Second or Professional Double Tenor stands.

Only $20 on VistaPan.com!
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Here is a demonstration of VistaPan's Professional Hybrid Case.
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The GBTI Buxton Pride Steel Band has just won the 2017 Panarama large band competition in Guyana with their VistaPan steel pans.

Conducted by Fitzroy E Younge (Rollo). 
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The VistaPan Steel Pan exhibit was visited by a nearly constant stream of interested musicians, educators and band directors at a 2017 trade show with 30,000 attendees.
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Here is a close up of our Chrome Low C Lead (Tenor) Steel Pan/Steel Drum.
Chroming creates a tight bond to the metal of a steel drum, allowing the notes to vibrate more freely. The result is better sustain and attack characteristics than can be achieved by steel pans without a chrome finish.
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Chrome Low C Lead (Tenor) Steel Pan - Steel Drum

The regular Chrome Low C Lead steel pan by VistaPan Steel Instruments is in use by steel bands and orchestras around the world.  Attention to detail and dedicated teamwork by artisans has yielded a much desired steelpan with a full, bright tone and consistent balance.  Chroming creates a tight bond to the metal of a steel drum, allowing the notes to vibrate more freely.  The result is better sustain and attack characteristics than can be achieved by steel pans without a chrome finish.     
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VistaPan's Hi-Gloss Black Low C Lead (Tenor) Steel Pan-Steel Drum Demo is available now! 

This model is the most popular steel pan from VistaPan Steel Instruments.  The Hi-Gloss Black Low C Lead has more sustain and resonance than painted or powder coat steelpans and at a very reasonable price for a quality full size steel drum.  The attractive finish is also extremely durable with little maintenance required.  Each of our steel pans is tuned to exacting requirements and then receives a final tuning as well as an additional ship-day tuning to ensure the best possible tonal quality.  
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How to find Free Full-Band Music Scores for your Steel Pan Band (Steel Drum Band)

Here’s a great tip for steel band music directors looking for music scores.  We want to thank Mark Curry for this.  He’s the Music Supervisor at Clarke County Public Schools in Berryville, VA. 

VistaPan sells a basic book with full master scores and all the instrument parts for steel pan bands, but many people have noted that there are very few such books available and reasonable in price.  A great free solution is to use SATB vocal scores.   If your steel band is four voice, SATB scores normally fit the ranges of the steelpan instruments perfectly. 

• Soprano = Lead (Tenor) steel pans 
• Alto = Double Second & Double Tenor steel pans 
• Tenor = Cello & Guitar steel pans 
• Bass = Bass steel pans

There are different websites that have free SATB arrangements. A good one to go to is musescore.com, where you can find hundreds of scores absolutely free to print out.  In the search box you can type “SATB” and you will see arrangements of all types including some popular songs. You can press a button to hear the arrangement and you can print out the different parts for all of your steelpan instruments. Just pass them out and play!  You may want to tweek some a little or possibly add basic soca or calypso rhythm parts to others. 

You can also use scores written for other four voice ensembles such as string quartets and saxophone quartets, although these sometimes require more in the way of range adjustments. The musescore.com website also encourages you to share your own arrangements on their website by using their free music scoring software.   
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Introducing Penny Mohammed.

Penny Mohammed is General Manager of our newest steel pan distribution and shipping center in Palmyra, Trinidad (the island nation that invented pan and is at the center of steelpan making and steel band performance).  Penny himself is an active performer on steel pan and guitar in communities in the south of the island.  He also co-directs the One Planet One People Pan Band, which is a youth oriented 20 piece steel band that seeks to bring together different cultures through their music.

Penny is deeply involved in the betterment of his community and is chairman of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Palmyra.  A true “people person”, he makes friends wherever he goes and enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals. 
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Introducing Gary Moore.

Gary Moore has made his mark as a steel pan mallet maker with his careful attention to detail and his use of unique materials designed to produce superior pan sound.  He has handmade all of the mallets sold by VistaPan for the last 8 years, including the exceptional and innovative Artist Series mallets.  Gary knew that players in a large steel band had very different requirements from that of the professional steel pan player, who is often in small or solo settings as well as  recording sessions where a pure, rich steel pan tone is most noticeable.  Performers have enthusiastically embraced Gary’s Artist mallets for their clearer sound that is richer and fuller than that produced by traditional style wood or metal mallets. 

Like everyone at VistaPan, Gary plays steel pan.  From the very start of the company, he has contributed greatly to the new ideas about product, service and shipping that has made VistaPan the first choice for steel bands and steel pan musicians around the world. 
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