Tenor Pan

Learn to Play Pan

A pan (or steel pan) is a finely tuned steel drum, and is the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century.  It originated in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and its first crude notes were pounded out by descendants of African slaves on inverted 55 gallon oil drums abandoned there after WWII.  Today’s family of steel pans is now played throughout the word and is suitable for all genres of musical styles – from classical to the traditional calypso of the island. The instruments in a typical steel orchestra cover a tonal range of 5 octaves. Starting with the highest pitch, the groups of instruments are called: tenor or soprano, double tenor, double second, guitar, cello, quads, tenor bass, 6 bass and 12 bass.

Join Flash!

Flash! practices from October through May on Thursday evenings at the Blue Hill Consolidated School in Blue Hill.  We welcome potential players to visit a practice session to observe and meet us.  For more information about visiting us or learning to play, please contact us.

Steelband Classes

Offered through Pan Institute, Nigel Chase - Instructor

Get in on the fun – learn to play pan!  Steelband classes for all ages are available in Blue Hill. Prior musical experience is NOT required, and instruments are supplied for all classes.  Classes are held in the pan room at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine.  Registration is at the first meeting of each class.


Planet Pan Performs on Sugarloaf Mountain