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Pan Loco Steel Band

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Pan Loco Steel Band has been bringing the sweet sounds of the Caribbean to New England since 1991. We are an authentic, mixed ethnic ensemble consisting of two steel drummers, an electric bass player, and an electronic or acoustic percussionist. We perform year-round at formal and informal venues including weddings, parties, corporate functions, boat cruises, college dances and festivals. Pan Loco also performs a special assembly program for school children.

In business for 19 years, we have performed at more than 1,000 events, all the while, earning a solid and trusted reputation as polished professionals who have the appropriate look, feel, sound and attitude you expect for your event. We also love what we do . . . and this will be obvious!

The talented musicians in Pan Loco hail from Berklee College and the University of New Hampshire, and have been performing all types of music in the New England area for many years.

We have our act down pat, and the repertoire is authentic and appropriate for all ages. You won't hear top 40 songs or elevator music. Pan Loco will bring calypso, reggae and island music from the Caribbean direct to your doorstep. When you hear this music, you'll feel like you're on a slow boat to Saint Thomas -- It's the real thing!

Pan Loco Steel Band is available for all occasions including weddings, parades, private parties, school assemblies, boat cruises, college dances, festivals and corporate events.

Pan Loco Steel Band is available for all occasions including weddings, parades, private parties, school assemblies, boat cruises, college dances, festivals and corporate events.

Meet the Musicians

Bob Lucas (Co-Founder, Double Seconds)
Bob grew up in Melrose, MA playing piano, bass, and percussion, and majored in music education at the University of New Hampshire. He started playing steel drums and drum set in 1989 with the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band and performed with the group throughout Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Bob traveled to Trinidad & Tobago in 1990, where he played with Phase Two Pan Groove and Jit Samaroo. He co-founded Pan Loco Steel Band in Boston with Justin Petty in 1991 and they have been playing at public and private functions all over New England ever since. Bob and Justin arrange all of the music the band plays. Bob has also developed a steel drum history and performance program for elementary students that he has presented at schools throughout the region.

Justin Petty (Co-Founder, Soprano Pan)
Justin grew up in the city of Charlotte Amalie on the Island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where he began playing music at an early age. In 1984, he joined the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra where he played the Guitar pan before switching to the Tenor or lead pan one year later. Justin earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in 1993 and has a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Administration/Television Management from Boston University. In addition to co-founding Pan Loco Steel Band with Bob Lucas, Justin also writes for and directs several larger steel orchestras in New England including Branches Pan Groove Steel Orchestra (under his musical direction Branches won the Panorama competition in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002), and in 1999 he helped form the Crystal Panjammers Youth Steel Band on Massachusetts' North Shore and in 2002 formed the Celestial Infernos Youth Steel Band of St. Cyprians Episcopal Church in Roxbury, MA. He has given lectures on the origin and evolution of the steel pan at Universities and Colleges throughout the Northeast and the Virgin Islands and had the distinguished opportunity to perform with Aldwyn "Lord Kitchener" Roberts on several occasions..

Gerry Rollock (Electric Bass)
Gerry grew up on the island of Trinidad, the birth place of the steel drum. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in 1990 with a certification in primary and secondary school. He has taught music in Madison Park High School, U-Manna Banes Middle School and St. Angelo's Catholic School in Mattapan. Gerry is an active performing musician playing in many venues throughout the Greater Boston area.

Sean K. Skeete (Percussion)
Sean holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music where he is a part time faculty member. His talents are sought after throughout New England and he has performed with groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Blue Man Group.

Sample Songlist
Bacchanal Time - Lord Kitchener I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley Sugar Boom Boom - Lord Kitchener
Bahia Girl - David Rudder I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley Summertime - Traditional
Banana Boat Song (Day-O) - Traditional In My House - Emmanuel Gynette (Oba) Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Bees Melody - Lord Kitchener Iron Man - Lord Kitchener The Girl from Ipanema - Jobim
Black Orpheus - Movie Theme Island in the Sun - Traditional The Hammer - David Rudder
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Jamaica Farewell - Lord Burgess Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Movie Theme Jamming in De Party - Melanie Hudson Toco Band - Lord Kitchener
Careless Whispers - George Michael Jump in the Line - Traditional Under the Sea - Movie Theme
Clear De Way - Traditional Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr. Volcano - Jimmy Buffet
De Party Now Start - Crazy Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet We Kinda Music - Andy Norell
Dollar Wine - Bally Marianne - William Eaton What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Don't Back Back - Traditional Melda - The Mighty Sparrow Yellow Bird - Traditional
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
Donkey - Traditional No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Feel So Good - Chuck Mangione One Day - Natasha Songs for Weddings and other Special Occasions:
Fever - Traditional One Love - Bob Marley
Footsteps - David Rudder One Superpower - Merchant Here Comes the Bride
Guitar Pan Man - Lord Kitchener Pan in A Minor - Jit Samaroo Pachelbel's Canon
High Mas - David Rudder Panama - David Rudder Hava Nagila
Hot Hot Hot - Arrow Red Red Wine - UB40 Jingle Bells
How Insensitive - Jobim Saint Thomas - Sonny Rollins Santa Claus is Coming to Town
I Can See Clearly Now - Otis Redding Soca Pan Tuner - Baron Sleigh Bells
Somebody - Baron William Tell Overture
Stir it Up - Bob Marley Pomp & Circumstance