A steel drum or pan is a definitive-pitch, acoustic, percussion instrument originating from Trinidad in the Caribbean.
The steel pan family, like all other families of musical instruments including the voice, covers a wide range of notes. Each instrument has a different role similarly to the instruments in a classic orchestra or jazz band.
It consists of a circular playing surface made from Steel stretched into a concave shape that is attached to a hollow, cylindrical resonator called a skirt. The steel plan is typically recycled from a 55 gallon oil drum.
The surface is optimised into a number of isolated convex sections called notes. The instrument is usually plated with a pair of hand-held, rubber tipped sticks.
The steel pan is a unique instrument classified as either a membranophone – striking a stretched surface like a membrane, or an idiophone – solid surfaces striking against each other.
It is the only hybrid percussion instrument in existence today.
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