Frontline pans are the highest pitched instruments in the steel pan family.
They usually play the melody, countermelodies or provide high harmonic support.
Members of the section:
The double seconds and double tenor pans are very similar in appearance and range. However the double tenor usually has a shorter skirt and a brassy tone, while the double seconds has a warm tone and a longer skirt.
The tenor pan is also called the lead or soprano pan. It is the highest pitched pan in the steelband and usually carries the melody. It is a single drum played by one person.
The most common arrangement of notes is a cycle of fourths and fifths; however other arrangements, such as cycles of thirds and fourths, are sometimes used.
The two main types of tenor pan are:
Low tenors are becoming the most popular style of tenor pans, as they have more notes in the ‘best’ range of the instrument and melodies played on this pan require less transposing.
The double tenor pan is also called the double lead. It is a pair of pans played by one person.
It reinforces the melody and/or harmonizes the melody. They have a brassy tone and can expand the melodic range of the tenor pan if necessary.
They are used in conventional steelbands
Seconds pans are also called alto pans. They typically play harmony and countermelodies.
The two main types of seconds pans are:
1) Single Seconds Pan: A single pan played by one person used in single pan bands
Single Seconds Range
2) Double Seconds Pan: A pair of pans played by one person, used in conventional steelbands