Steel Drum History

The history of the steel pan (steel drum history) is fascinating and complex. A lot of in-depth research has been done on this topic and can be found online or in libraries.

For an overview of the history and development of steel pan, click here

If you need more detailed information, I strongly recommend the following books:

  • The Steelband Movement: The Forging of a National Art in Trinidad and Tobago,
    by Stephen Stuempfle

  • The Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan: History and Evolution
    by Felix Blake

  • Music from Behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago
    by Shannon Dudley

  • The Encyclopedia of Percussion, (Garland Publishing Inc. 1995)

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