Steel Bands For Hire
If you are looking for steel bands for hire (also commonly known as steel drum band) then hiring a band through Steel Bands 4u should be your first stop. Not only do we have many years experience providing steel bands for hire but we only use the best tried and tested steel bands. We cater for wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, private parties, corporate events, team building events, carnival, festivals, you name it we can provide a steel band for it. When you decide to hire out a steel band from Steel Bands 4u we make the experience as stress free and easy as possible. Please take a look at our steel band hire FAQ section below to aid in answering any queries you may have regarding our steel bands for hire.
1. When I hire a steel band will they have any special requirements?
For indoor events the general acoustics of the environment will be plenty to reach a sufficient volume level. However for larger outdoor events a power source may be required. A PA can be provided to aid in amplifying the Caribbean sounds. When you call us please provide as much detail about the venue as possible, it is important the steel band you hire knows the acoustics of the venue they will be performing in so they can be sure to bring the correct musical equipment. The majority of our steel bands for hire have a wide range of musical equipment to suit all venues however it is always best to check first.
2. Just how punctual will the steel band I hire be?
Steel Bands 4u only uses the most professional steel bands so each and everyone have an impeccable record of punctuality and professionalism and will always attend the event you hire them for.
3. What music will the steel band I hire play?
For the majority of our steel bands for hire have a sample of the repertoire which is available and in addition to this, Steel Bands 4u have a wealth of experience in knowing what music has worked successfully at similar events. Requests are always welcome.
4. If I hire 3-10 steel drums will they make too much noise for my type of event?
No not at all. All the steel bands we have for hire we are experienced enough to know the key times in an event when the volume level needs to be taken down a notch. Many people are surprised when they hear the variation in noise level steel drums can produce.
5. How do I know the steel band I hire will find my event?
When you hire a steel band through Steel Bands 4u you can be assured that all our steel bands are again experienced enough to pre-plan the journey to the event. Many use modern satellite navigation and all are familiar with the local area.
6. How early should I hire the steel band?
Booking the steel band you wish to hire early is unfortunately a necessity to avoid disappointment. We recommend that you hire the steel band at least 3 months in advance.
7. Is the steel band instrument a steel drum or pan?
Both term steel pans and steel drums are used to describe exactly the same instrument. Now yes this will confuse most people are not familiar with the steel band vocabulary but it is a tolerated inconsistency in the steel band (steel drum band) world. The cause of this is heavily debated but the most excepted answer is that the development of this instrument was rather informal and resulted in many people working independently. This resulted in exactly the same or very similar instruments having different names. Some progress has been made in the developing a standard name for the instrument but inconsistencies still remain. The most frequency used name for the instrument steel bands use is steel pans or simply pans for short. It is the name used in the Caribbean and in the majority of academic circles. The name steel drums is also popular however this is used mostly in the United States of America. Whichever you would like to hire the musicians will sound the same.
8. Are there different types of steel bands for hire?
There are two main types of steel bands (steel drum bands/steel pan bands). The Pan Round the Neck/Single Pan Band and the conventional Steel band. The instruments are used in both bands sound the same. They are also produced using the same methods. However they do differ in note placement, range and in the mobility of the instruments. The instruments in pan round the neck bands, also known as single pan bands can be used while hung around the neck of the performer or while hung on stands. However the instruments in conventional steel bands can only be played while hung on stands. This is important to remember when you hire a steel band. The tenor (lead pan) is the only pan used in both conventional and pan round the neck bands/single pan bands. Most steel bands are conventional bands but pan round the neck /single pan bands still have their place and can be just as enjoyable and suitable for your venue once their restrictions are understood. If you are unsure of the steel band you would like to hire please do not hesitate to give us a call so we can help you choose the perfect steel band for your wedding or party.