The early bird catches the worm!

Many musicians will often pass on early morning performances, especially if they are out of town. But not The Caribbean Crew Steel Drum Band!

Last week Friday, our steel drum player and percussionist made a 4 hour drive down to Marco Island in Naples, FL for a 9 AM beach wedding. The weather was beautiful and the steel drum music was the perfect fit for such a joyous occasion. Our steel drum player performed “somewhere over the rainbow” on the steel drums, as David and Eduardo made their way down the beach towards the officiant. At the end of the ceremony, our steel drum player performed “just the two of us” and it sounded fantastic on the steel pan.

While David and Eduardo were off taking pictures, our steel drum band entertained the guests with a nice mix of reggae, calypso and steel drum music, while they sipped on mimosas. By the time the newlyweds came back, the party had already started and many of the guests were dancing barefoot in the sand to the sweet sounds of steel drum music. Who would’ve thought that people would be dancing under the sun and on the beach at 10 AM in the morning? That’s the power of Caribbean Music!

Our steel drum band packed up and were back on the road by 1:30 PM to head back to Orlando. It was a long day, but well worth it. Everyone had a great time at the wedding, especially the newlyweds and we are so happy that we got to be part of their special day.

Steel Drum Band Recap of 2014

2014 was another great year for our steel drum band and steel drum players and we are so thankful!  We booked over 250 shows, most of which were corporate functions, conventions, trade shows and beach weddings.  In the month of December, our steel drum band did several Corporate Christmas Parties and holiday parties as well.   Our steel drum players had a blast performing Christmas Music on the steel drums, getting everyone in the mood for the holidays.

The sweet sounds of steel drum music, reggae and calypso could also be heard at several house parties, pool parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, retirement parties, graduation parties, fundraisers, christenings, bridal showers, engagement parties, baby showers, reunions, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, grand openings, fraternity functions, sorority functions and many other special events.

Three shows in particular stand out from the rest.  The first was when our steel drum band performed at Sea World in Orlando for the American Heart Association.  It was a grand affair and everyone really enjoyed the Caribbean Music and Top 40 selections performed by the band.  It was great to be part of such a wonderful event and to help raise awareness for the AHA.

The second show was at the ASHA Annual Conference at the Convention Center in Orlando.  We performed for over 10,000 people, including the guest speaker Harry Belafonte.  He thoroughly enjoyed the band and we got a chance to meet him after the performance.  He is a legend and we have been performing some of his music for over 20 years, so that was great!

The third one was when our steel drum band was personally chosen by Governor Rick Scott to perform at his fundraiser in Lake Mary, FL.  No matter what your political affiliation, it’s pretty cool when the governor wants you to perform at his event.  He really enjoyed the steel drum music and even asked our steel drum player to show him how to play it.

It was also another year of awards.  Our very own steel drum player Chesley won the soloist competition at the Virginia International PanFest.  He beat out other steel drum players from across the United States and the Caribbean to win the award.  Congrats to Chesley!

We are looking forward to another great year in 2015.  So whether you are having a beach wedding in Daytona Beach, St Pete Beach, Clearwater, Sarasota, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Naples or Key West; a corporate function in Orlando, Tampa, Miami or Savannah, or any other special event coming up in Florida, Georgia or South Carolina, give us a call!  We look forward to working with you in 2015.