The steel pan, incorrectly called a steel drum, was invented in Trinidad & Tobago. That Government now holds the patent for the original instruments. In 1991, the steel pan was officially recognized as the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. It is widely recognized as the only new musical instrument developed in the 20th century.

What instruments are in the band?

Calysto Steelband is entirely percussion and includes several different types of steel pans. The back pans consist of the deeper 7-bass, 4-bass and cellos, as well as the mid-range double second pans. These pans typically drive the rhythm. The lead pans carry the melody and consist of tenor and double tenor pans. A drum kit, some bongos, and various other percussion instruments round out the sound.

Do you play private events?

Absolutely! We have done numerous weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, corporate events, etc. We can set up indoors or out.

How much does it cost to hire the band?

Each event is different. It depends, to some extent, on how far we are traveling and how long the gig is. We play because we love it though, and prices are extremely reasonable -- and sometimes negotiable. We often play community events and fund-raisers at a reduced rate. Contact us (bookings@calystosteelband.ca) for detailed pricing specific to your event.

What kind of music do you play?

We play a little bit of everything. In addition to the expected Calypso, Latin and Reggae rhythms, our repertoire includes Country, Folk, Pop, Jazz, Easy Listening, Big Band and even a little classical. We dust off some Christmas Carols and holiday tunes come December.

Can I join the band?

New members are always welcome. We particularly appreciate new members with prior experience and their own equipment. Contact us at info@calystosteelband.ca and we can chat in more detail.

Where can I learn more about the band?

You can follow us on facebook and instagram to see what we are up to. We are also always happy to hear from friends. You can email us at info@calystosteelband.ca