The Lead Steelpan
There are many type of steelpans but the
lead steel-pan is two of the most widely used of all
steelpans, it carries the range of the soprano.
This steelpan traditionally carries the melody in
a steelband orchestra.
The lead steel-pan ( known as the "Tenor pan" )
was designed by " Steel pan pioneer " Anthony
Williams and was modified by Herman Johnson.
The notes are arranged in a circle of perfect
fourths and fifths intervals.
The preceding steelpan design, which is also
Williams's had the notes arranged like a spider
web as seen in the photo below.
The Spider Web steelpan
The notes radiated from the center in the style of
a spider's web.
Brief information about the steelpan
I guess by now you probably know that (Pan) the steelpan
( The National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago ) is the only new
acoustic musical instrument to be invented and accepted world -
wide in the 20th century.
The Steel pan (Pan) (often referred to as Steeldrums), is a
percussion instrument made from a 55 gallon drum.
This musical instrument was invented in Trinidad & Tobago
during the 1930s in the peroid around the time of the 2nd world
1938 - 1939 are considered by many to be the "birth" years
of the steelpan. If you compare the steelpan to other musical
instruments like the piano, violin, trumpet and flute etc. which
has been around for many centuries, the steelpan is a very modern
The people of Trinidad and Tobago are proud to say we have
given the world a musical gift, a truly beautiful instrument...
"The Steel pan instrument".
Old Photo of a steelband playing with pans
hung around around their neck.
For more info about the Steelpan history, invention and early
development (origins of the steelpan instrument), please visit :