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Steel Drums at International Scouting Exhibit

Scouts can hear music from Trinidad and Tobago played on steelpans (steel drums) Tuesday at the International Scouting Exhibit. Talented Scouts from the Trinidad and Tobago were selected to attend the Jamboree in order to present the music the country is known for. The steelpan originated in the late 1930s on the island of Trinidad and was played as part of a steel band, a percussion ensemble contrived by lower-class rebellious teens. Today it is the country’s official musical instrument.

The Scouts will be performing every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After playing they will be available to visit with U.S. Scouts and will be at the exhibit all day.

Steelpan musicians are called pannists. The modern pan is a pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals. Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made. The pan is struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of the rubber tip varies. Some pannists use four pansticks, holding two in each hand.

So if your in the area, stop on by for some entertaining “heavy metal.”

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