Based in Blue Hill, Maine,
FLASH! is one of the largest community steelbands in the United States. Formed
in 1990, members of FLASH! find as much joy in playing the steel
drum (known as pan) as they do in sharing their music with enthusiastic
audiences of all ages, from infants to centenarians.
Applications for 2023 are open throughDecember 31, 2022
Flash! in the Pans Band seeks new members
“Four cracks of a cow bell and a steel drum band roars to life.” Have you ever seen
Flash! play a summer street dance? Have you ever dreamed of playing pan and joining
Flash! This is your chance—no musical experience needed, just a desire to play music
with a great group of people and have fun.
If you are interested in beginner lessons that will get you to Flash! practices and beyond,
contact us for practice days and times. All practices
are held in Blue Hill. Teens and adults of all ages welcome.
Pan Coalition and Otta De Box Performed in Trinidad, August 2015
MDIslander Video of Flash at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church June 21, 2015
If you would like to learn to play steel drums and join the band,
please check out our page on "learning pan".
Flash in the Pans Concerts,Blue Hill Peninsula
The Flash in the Pans community steel pan band performs outdoor concerts on Monday nights in locations throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula and beyond. Most are donate-what-you-can benefits for local causes or nonprofits. The music is infectious, and everyone goes. (Yankee Magazine, 2012)
In the summer, FLASH!’s enormously popular Monday night concerts
and street dances are fund raisers that benefit local charitable
and non-profit organizations and contribute to a sense of community
spirit. Click here for FLASH!’s performance schedule and for information on how to request
a FLASH! performance for your organization.
And Peninsula Pan, Inc.
Created to manage the business affairs of FLASH!,
our mission is to continue a tradition of performing and supporting
steel drum music throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula and beyond, and
in the process to strengthen a tradition of community-based live music.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us and the
steel drum (pan), to get started on learning to play pan, and to hear
and purchase our recordings. More