The steel drum, or steel pan as it is sometimes called, is a fascinating instrument for several reasons. And one of those pastimes is to while away the afternoon, sipping a pina colada, while listening to the incredible music of a steel drum band.5 mm thick and the area struck to produce sound is in the shape of a bowl. Recently, the music of steel drums has been incorporated into more and more musical genres, even traditional classical music like Beethoven's Quartet in A minor. Yes, steel pans are traditionally made from oil corrugated steel sheet barrels, although many modern instrument makers no longer rely on used steel containers.

From that time forward, steel drums became an accepted facet of life in the Caribbean. Naturally, such individuals would have been forced to use whatever came to hand, and oil barrels would have made handy makeshift drums. Of course there are the unique sounds that can be produced, but just as interesting are the history and construction of the steel drum. However, it was not until about 1950 that steel drum bands became accepted and expected facts of Caribbean culture. Modern steel drums come in a wide array of sizes and can be used for a variety of applications.

The first recorded use of a 55-gallon oil barrel in making a steel drum was in 1947 and in 1951, the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra formed and attended the Festival of Britain. The sheet metal is between 0. By the mid-1930s, the bands were using bits of metal percussion and by the end of the same decade, occasional all-steel drum bands began to appear. Today, however, many manufacturers commission new steel coil containers. Yes, for those lucky enough to include the islands of the Caribbean among their vacation getaways, the islands boast a veritable plethora of pleasures and pastimes. The celebration of Mardi Gras and Carnival on Trinidad was directly linked to the evolution of the steel drum.