Steel drums, also known as steel pans, and sometimes, collaborated with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra, is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steel drum musicians are called pannists.
The modern drum is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals.
Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steel drum is more correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and so is not a drum.
Steel pans are the only metallic instruments made to play in the Pythagorian musical cycle of fourths and fifths.
The pan is struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the class of pan being played. Some musicians use four pansticks, holding two in each hand.
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