Compositions and Arrangements

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Our Steel Drums

Steel drums are individually hand-crafted, and as a result, no two are exactly alike. The construction of a steel drum can be broken into two large components: building and tuning, and sometimes these components are executed by different people. Barracuda Steel Drums recognizes the individual stylistic and artistic choices of each of its craftsman, credits them by name for their work, and celebrates the unique character of every instrument.
 

Chromed Lead

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This instrument is a chromed Lead. If you think of the voices in a SATB choir, the Lead is the equivalent of the soprano voice. The Lead, also called "Tenor" in Trinidad or "Melody" in other countries, functions primarily as a melodic instrument. Its lowest note is Middle C, and its highest is G above the treble clef.

 

Painted Spiderweb Lead

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This instrument is a black painted Spiderweb Lead. If you think of the voices in a SATB choir, the Lead is the equivalent of the soprano voice. Fully contained on one drum and laid out in a circle of fifths pattern designed by Tony Williams, the Lead functions primarily as a melodic instrument. Its lowest note is Middle C, and its highest is G above the treble clef.



 

Painted Bass

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This instrument is a black painted Bass. If you think of the voices in a SATB choir, the Bass literally functions as the bass voice. Laid out across six drums in a pattern of Ellie Mannette’s design, the Bass functions as you would expect. Its lowest note is B-flat below the bass clef, and its highest is E-flat in the bass clef.




 

Chromed Triple Guitar

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This instrument is a chromed Triple Guitar. If you think of the voices in a choir, the Guitar is loosely equivalent to the tenor voice. Laid out across three drums in a diminished chord pattern, the Guitar primarily functions as a supportive, interior voice.

Its lowest note is B below the bass clef, its highest is C# in the treble clef.



 

Chromed Double Second

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This instrument is a chromed Double Second. If you think of the voices in a SATB choir, the Double Second is loosely equivalent to the alto voice. Laid out across two drums in a whole tone pattern of Ellie Mannette’s design, the Double Second can function both melodically and as a supportive, interior voice. Its lowest note is E in the bass clef, and its highest is E-flat above the treble clef.


 

Imported Instruments

We are now importing affordable "pre-tuned" instruments from Trinidad, which are then completed by Emily here in Texas. So: Mannette-style tuning on an affordable instrument! This package includes a chromed, low-C tenor pan, case, and sticks. Please contact me for pricing. Other voices may be available.


Sticks

Our sticks are hand crafted out of oak, and sanded and stained to bring out the natural detail in the wood, which we prefer to aluminum shafts. All sticks have a rubber playing end, as well as a bumper on the back side of the stick. This bumper can function as extra security in your grip, an alternative playing end, or just to minimize the unpleasant sound of dropping your stick inside your pan. Currently, sticks for all voices except bass are $20, and bass are $25.



 

Compositions and Arrangements

Support new music for pan! Many of Emily's compositions and arrangements are published by Boxfish Music. In addition to her charts, Boxfish also publishes other great literature for steelband by artists dedicated to promoting new music for pan. Below are several links to student performances of her work, as well as other pieces that are not yet published. If you are interested in performing one of these unpublished arrangments, click here, she's happy to share! If there's no link to a performance and you'd like to have a listen, click here- there's a MIDI file included with all of these charts.




Forgive the recording quality- these are all amateur performances.
Click on HD for better video.


Slaughter Lane Level III Rock (the tune starts at 1:45) Dedicated to the steelbands at Bowie High School. Buy now!

Cascade Level III Calypso/Rock. Very fun! Buy now!

Sunshine Drive Level III Rock/Pop. Dedicated to the steelbands at McCallum High School. Buy now!

Hush Level III Concert Rock. Buy now!

Lost Oasis  Level III Latin, in 3/4. Dedicated to the steelbands at Bailey Middle School. Buy now! 

Bill Hughes  Dedicated to the steelbands at Bedichek Middle School.

Frangipani! Level I Rock in C. With glockenspiel and sleigh bells, of course! Click here for charts!

Convict Hill Level II Rock. Dedicated to the Steelbands at Covington Middle School. Buy now!

Three Rings  Level II Circus Rock. Three distinct sections are visited in Rondo form: ABACA. Add brass instruments to the A section- it sounds great with a sousaphone! Click here for charts!

Biggin Hill  Level II Concert. It sounds even nicer if you add wind chimes and suspended cymbal! Click here for charts!

Small Up  Level II Concert. Based on a phrase I learned during St. Vincent Panorama. Click here for charts!

Farm to Market (FM969) Level III Concert. Dedicated to the steelbands at KIPP Austin

New Beginning Level II Latin Rock in D Minor. Click here for charts!

A-Day  Level I Pop/Straight Reggae. Sweet and simple in E Major. Click here for charts!

Earlybird Level I Swung Reggae in A- with room for improvisation. Inspired by a rooster call that book-ends the piece, and a "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" motive throughout. Click here for charts!

Heart Design -Aqueduct Level III Indie Rock. Buy now!

High Mas -David Rudder Level III Calypso. Buy now!

I am Soca -DuBois/Roberts Level III Soca

Hips Don't Lie -Shakira Level II Latin

Your Love -Nicki Minaj Level III Pop

Sapna- Ray Holman Level III Soca

Party Rock Anthem -LMFAO Level III Pop

Forget You -Cee Lo Green Level II Pop

Thunder -KES Level II Soca

Break Up -Mario Level II Pop

Nah Do That -Iwer George Level II Calypso