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Steel Drum Music Nashville, TN


Welcome to the Mid-South's destination for Steel Drum(Steel Pan) Music! 


Are you looking for Reggae or Calypso Music for your next event?  Maybe your guests enjoy the music of Jimmy Buffet or Harry Belafonte?  From Trinidad to Cuba, no matter what style of tropical music you are interested in, we can accommodate with our diverse and expansive repertoire of songs and styles. Whether as a solo act or full band, our professionalism and musicality are second-to-none, providing the perfect atmosphere for your next event.  Nothing will leave your guests with more of a lasting impression than the beautifully haunting sounds of this amazing instrument! 


The Music City Steel Band is comprised of a seasoned group of musicians that have been performing professionally in the Nashville, TN area for over 20+ years. With a vast knowledge of World Percussion and Caribbean Music, you can rest assured that this group will deliver an outstanding and entertaining performance; no matter what the venue.  Whether it is music at a reception or a corporate fundraiser, or combining education and entertainment for kids and senior adults, the Music City Steel Band is ready to put together a great performance fitted specifically for your event! 


What We Offer 

Each event is unique and tailored for your needs.  One of the most often asked questions is "What size of group do I need for my event?"  Obviously budget is the biggest factor that determines the size of the band, but you also want to consider what type of 'vibe' you want the music to offer.  Is it a cocktail party and you'd just like some 'atmosphere' or background music?  Then a solo performance or a duo or trio would be your best bet.  Are you looking for more lively music where your guests might dance, or would prefer more of a "show?"  Then a Quartet or bigger might be the best option.  Typically our group is instrumental and does not include vocals.  If you'd prefer to have a singer, we can add that as well.  Request this in the booking process and we can discuss options.


Solo Performance - typically one Steelpan player usually accompanied with backing tracks


Duo - Two Steelpan players.  Backing tracks can be added to enhance the performance.


Trio - Two Steelpan players and a Percussionist.  Volume can range from super soft (allowing people to converse at your party) to a more 'energetic' vibe if required


Quartet -  Two Steelpan players, Bass Guitar, and Drumset.  This is our best "full sounding" version of the group.  Because we are professionals, we can play softly during a dinner or cocktail hour, providing background music OR fill a large room with energetic music for concerts and receptions. There are a lot of options for this group.


Vocals and Extra Steel Drums and Instruments can be added, as needed, to any of the previous group configurations.  Inquire during the booking process.  






Watch the video below to see and hear how each group configuration sounds


Steel Band Services

Examples of Past Events:

- Corporate events 

- Private Parties 

- Poolside events 

- Educational Concerts 

- Weddings & Engagement Parties

- Backyard Receptions 

- Hotels & Restaurants 

- Community Concert

- Nursing Homes/Retirement Communities


    ...we've even been known to play a Bar-Mitzvah or two!

Music Samples


Vintage Steel Pan, Old Steel Drum

Vintage Steelpan circa 1945 - 1950 from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago

history forged from the blood, sweat and tears of its makers.   All

of our instruments  are hand made;  forged by a hammer and fire,  

by some of the finest tuners alive today,  carrying on a tradition of

excellence in the art of crafting this beautiful instrument.  

The Steel Pan was created on the islands of Trinidad & Tobago back in the mid 1940s. From Bamboo Rods to pots and pans, then finally to oil drums, this instrument has a rich





Song Selections

The Music City Steel Band offers a very diverse and expansive catalog of music that can fit any type of event.  Whether you are looking for some up-tempo and energetic Soca & Calypso, or classical music for a Wedding or Society event, we can cover it.  More than likely your popular song requests are in our book, but we have been known to learn songs specifically for special events when requested.  Be sure to remark about any special needs for an event when booking and ask for a sample song list.  


Our love for the Steelpan instrument and it's homeland Trinidad & Tobago means that we know and perform quite a bit of popular "standards" of Calypso, written by many great Calypsonians over the years.  Many of these songs you might know, as they were made popular by artists like Harry Belafonte. Even artists like Jimmy Buffet have brought some of this music and artform into the mainstream.  Also in our repertoire are many Reggae tunes by the great Bob Marley and other Jamaican artists.  "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," "Boardwalk," "Here Comes the Sun," and "I Can See Clearly Now" are a few examples of many Top 40 hits throughout the years that we perform on the instrument.  As mentioned before, we have provided Wedding music multiple times, performing "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Canon in D," and many other typical classical pieces.  We even perform Christmas Music!! Yes you read that right!  What better way to add a unique flair to your Holiday parties than to have our band perform classic Christmas music with an "Island" twist.  It will have your guests talking about it well after the event has ended!  

Listen below to some samples of Music performed by the Music City Steel Band 

Beach Scene - Music City Steelband
Like Dey Used to... - Chris "Krushar" Patterson
Besame Mucho - Chris Patterson
Wedding Music - What a Wonderful World - Chris Patterson


Amelia W. - Nashville, TN


"What a great group of musicians! Our residents loved the music and it added so much to our event that it would not have been nearly as much fun without them. Chris was very easy to work with, the group was professional, arrived on time, and we would definitely hire them again."





We Look Forward to Hearing From You!


Send us an email or give us a call to discuss pricing and other details about your next event.  There are multiple options that we have to offer, no matter how large or small your needs.  Whether your budget is $150 or $1150 we have the perfect group for your event. You can expect a response in a timely and professional manner, and our experience enables us to answer questions, make suggestions, and help you through the booking process with ease.  

We also travel!  In the past our gigs have taken us all around Tennessee and into Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois.  

Chris Patterson

Nashville, TN




Tel: 615-483-1859


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