Up until the 1950’s, steel pans (steel drums) were played while hung around the neck of the performer or while being carried in one hand of the performer.
In 1954, legendary pan innovator and arranger Anthony Williams mounted pans on stands to facilitate a performance at the Trinidad Music Festival.
Hanging the pans on stands allowed pannists to play more elaborate musical arrangements. It also meant one person could now play more than one drum at the same time and new types of pans with multiple drums and wider ranges were developed.
These stationary bands became known as Conventional Steelbands.
A typical conventional steelband (depending on the size), will contain some or all of the following instruments: