Steel Pan Ensemble

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.

Mason Steel Pan Ensemble, directed by Victor Provost, Fall 2017. Photo by Suzette Niess.

CONCERTS – Spring 2018 

  • Wednesday, April 11, 8pm: Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble (de Laski 3001 – Free and open to the public)
  • Monday, April 30, 8pm:  International Jazz Day w/ Mason Jazz (Center for the Arts, Purchase Tickets

DEPARTMENTALS (12:30 – 1:20pm, de Laski 3001, MUSI 300 credit) 

  • Wednesday, April 4:  Steel Pan Ensemble (Free and open to the public) 

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

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)



Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing features the Mason Jazz Ensemble, Mason Jazz Combo I, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble.  Recorded by CFA Audio Engineer, Billy Kessinger, eighty-six students participated in this project. Purchase at, iTunes, Amazon or e-mail: dpurcel2@gmu.eduProceeds benefit the GMU Jazz Foundation for scholarships, internships, trips and future recordings.