Steel Band

Pan or Steelpan was invented in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the National Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Steelpan is representative of and acknowledged world-wide, as the cultural musical instrument of the West Indies/Caribbean Region.

Steelpans are made from recycled oil drums. After a heating and hammering process, music notes are shaped then tuned like that of a piano. These instruments are played with various sized rubber- tipped drumsticks.

Standard Steelpans dimensions are 22.5 inches (572 mm) diameter and 33.5 inches (851 mm) of varying heights for varying sounds. 

While Reggae/Calypso/Soca/ are the most recognised music/tunes/songs of the Caribbean, steelpans lend themselves to all genres. 

A Steelpan, donated by CaribVic, is currently on display at the I Belong Exhibition at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne to represent the Caribbean peoples living in Victoria.