Steel Pan Workshop

Year 8 had a fantastic time at Homerton learning how to play the steel pans. They first enjoyed a demo from the college steel band, ‘Absolute Pandemium’ and you can watch a clip here:

They were then put through their paces by the band’s dynamic teacher, Jane. They had to learn everything by rote, manage syncopated rhythms and navigate the pans with what seems to us their random ordering of notes.

Those below are newly manufactured pans but the original ones were made out of old oil drums and cut off in different lengths to give tenor, guitar, cello and bass pans.







You can watch Year 8 in action below:

Here are a few shots of them, deep in concentration:

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