Steel Pan Ensemble

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(The Mason Steel Pan Ensemble, Fall 2015 – Photo by Suzette Niess)

Students learn to play the steel drum (steel pan, or pan) in a variety of settings. This is a performance-oriented class, focusing on repertoire from a variety of genres including various musics of the Caribbean.  The ensemble performs in public and for various School of Music events throughout the semester.  The class reinforces music theory concepts and helps teach improvisation, as well as familiarization with rote learning.


  • Stay tuned for Fall 2017 dates.


  • Stay tuned for Fall 2017 dates.

GMU_MJ_LLatPoS_CoverWe are thrilled to announce the release of our CD, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing! This CD features fourteen (14) tracks and six (6) performing ensembles including the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Jim Carroll), Mason Jazz Combo I (Wade Beach), Afro-Cuban Ensemble (Joe McCarthy), Traditional Jazz Ensemble (Dave Robinson), Steel Pan Ensemble (Victor Provost) and the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Darden Purcell).  Recorded by CFA Audio Engineer, Billy Kessinger, eighty-six (86) students participated in this project!

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Proceeds from CD sales benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings.  Thank you for your support!

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.34.21 AM(Victor Provost performing at the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.)

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 9.39.56 AM(Victor Provost – Guest Artist with the Texas Tech University Steel Pan Ensemble)

Past Concerts



Jazz Combos- Steel Pan Ensemble (7)-2Untitled