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Gary Gibson, Invader tenor steel pan, leader
Panduo was created in 1996 by Gary Gibson and Michael Bento, who, at the time, were respectively leading of two of Seattle's most active steel drum groups. To offer a smaller, more affordable group, while still maintaining the musicality and flair of live steel pan music, they combined their efforts to create Panduo, and it quickly became the hottest small steel pan group in Seattle. With high-quality pre-programmed accompaniment tracks combined with the excitement and sparkle of live steel drums, the music sounds full, classy, and fun at an affordable price.
In addition to the lower cost, there are other advantages to the format offered by Panduo:
-Only a small space is required for set-up, making it the perfect format for restaurants, in-home parties, deck parties, or boat cruises.
-With a minimal amount of equipment and musical instruments, set-up is quick and clean, and portable.
-With a small sound system and only two sets of steel pans, the volume is controllable over a wide range. For small rooms, Panduo can play softer than larger bands, while still having the ability to fill a larger room (or the outdoors) with full sound if needed.
-Panduo can travel! With a small P.A. system provided at your location, we can fly in and do the job!
For information about what Panduo needs from you in order to perform at your event, click HERE.
The repertoire of Panduo offers much variety and flexibility. Calypso and Soca, the music styles most commonly associated with steel drums, is more than adequately covered in the book, while more contemporary songs by the likes of Trinidad calypsonian Lord Kitchener, and Reggae standards from the likes of Bob Marley are also covered. In addition to the Caribbean styles, Panduo also plays many relaxed Latin jazz and pop tunes, a necessary element for background music jobs like poolside parties, cocktail receptions, and dinners. The group even includes over an hour of seasonal favorites in their repertoire, making them perfect for private or company holiday parties. With our jazzy approach to these music styles, the music is always lively and new. See our complete songlist. As an optional enhancement to Panduo, the group can be expanded to a trio adding a flute player for a larger physical presence and an extra musical dimension. If the scale of your event or budget doesn't allow for the full duo or trio, a solo performance by Gary Gibson (with CD rhythm section) is available (three-hours, maximum).
Who is Panduo?
Gary Gibson (tenor pan, leader/manager) appears on all Panduo gigs. He has a Master's degree in Music Performance, and was on the jazz faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1996, he remains active as an educator, giving clinics and masterclasses at colleges and universities througout the U.S., as well as more locally on the faculty of the Centrum jazz Workshop/Port Townsend jazz Festival. He is a full-time, freelance performer and tours as a guest concert artist at colleges and universities throughout the country. He has released four steel pan jazz albums, all critically acclaimed. In 2004, Gary won Trinidad's Panorama National Steelband Championship while playing with the 120-player-strong "Exodus Steel Orchestra" and in 2009 won two out of three categories of the "Symphony & Steel" compsition competition (for symphony orchestra and steel pan ensemble). Gary recently completed composing a 45-minute commissioned cantata for steel band and choir (based on the folklore of Trinidad), and is increasingly in demand as a composer specializing in the steel band genre. You can see Gary's full bio HERE.
Along with Gary, one of the folloing on double seconds pans:
Dr. Shannon Dudley is Professor of Ethnomusicology at University of Washington, a noted steel drum historian and accomplished performer. He is also the author of numerous articles and books on the history of steel drums and calypso, and other music of Trinidad. He has also done extensive research in many Latin American music styles.
Miho Takekawa graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and is currently a doctoral candidate in percussion performance at the University of Washington. In Japan, she formed the North Rainbow Steel Drum Group in Sapporo, and is an arranger for the Hirosaki University Steel Pan Band. She received the Washington Arts Commission Fellowship grant with her CD "Tokyo to Seattle" in 2005. She is currently the percussion instructor at Pacific Lutheran University.
Michael Bento has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and a Master’s in Education. As a music teacher, he started one of the first elementary school steel bands in Washington State, and maintained one of the longest running school steel drum programs in Washington at Sunrise Elementary School in the Kent School District. He is recognized nationally for his work with kids on steel pans. Michael was the leader of the former professional steel band, "Island Time," a local favorite in Seattle for more than a decade.
Availability and Booking
If you are interested in booking Panduo, please contact the agent that referred you to this site.
A small sample of some of our clients, past and present: Microsoft, Boeing, Nordstrom, Amazon.com, Costco, Washington State Ferries, QFC, Tully’s Coffee, Ikea, Holland America Line, Argosy Cruises, Waterways Cruises, Tommy Bahama, AT&T, Adventure Yachts, Oviatt Marine, Venwest Yachts, Boat Insurance Agency, Seafair Boat Club, Maritime Gig Fest, San Juan Island Yacht Club, Museum of Flight, AAA Washington,The Office of the Mayor (Seattle), U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington Wine Commission, Expedia.com, Grand Hyatt Hotel-Hong Kong, Preston Gates & Ellis, Davis Wright Trumaine, Ernst and Young, John L. Scott, T-Mobile, Washington Mutual, Nintendo, Trammel Crowe, McCormick and Schmicks Catering, Cray Inc., Oracle, GGLO Architecture, Getty Images, ICOS, Junior League, Rotary Club, Emerald Downs, Pacific Market Center, RREEF Property Management, Bargreen Ellingson Inc., Seattle Parks and Recreation, City of Kent, Federal Way Parks Department, City of Lynnwood, City of Renton, Tukwila Parks & Recreation, City of Shoreline Parks, Richmond Beach Parks & Recreation, Edmonds Arts Council, Maritime Heritage Foundation, Semi Ah Moo, UFCW, ZINO Society, PONCHO, Boys and Girls Clubs, Bellevue High School, Mill Creek High School, Redmond High School, Holy Names Academy, Forest Ridge School, St. Francis of Assisi School, Sunnydale Elementary School, Shoreline Coop Preschool, Helen Keller School, Fircrest School, Lakeside High School, The Northwest School, Mar Vista Elementary School, Brighton School, University of Washington, University of Oregon, Skagit Valley College, Centralia College, Evergreen State Fair, Westminster Chapel, Archdiocese of Seattle, Swedish Medical Foundation, Harborview Hospital, Virginia Mason, Good Samaritan Hospital, Children’s Heart Center, Maggie Bluffs Restaurant, Bridges Bar and Grill, Mill Creek Country Club, Broadmoor Golf & Country Club, Everett Fresh Paint Festival, Bellevue Chalkwalk, Alderwood Mall, Bellevue Square, Gateway Mall, Schuchart Corporation, Medical Imaging Northwest,
night was amazing! I think it was our best dinner so far. I just wanted
to say thank you so much for coming out and playing for us! It was a
wonderful performance! Everyone loved it and I'm so happy that it got
everyone dancing! We will definitely keep you in mind for next year's
event." - Holly V.
|"Thank you very much for the uplifting and fun performance. Your steel drum music makes everyone smile and puts a little wiggle in their step! As always, it is a delight to work with you and I know people in attendance really enjoyed your music. Panduo's performance is a welcome addition to the event and is one of the things they look forward to every year." - Lesli O.|
|"Today is my birthday and you have given me the best present I've recieved all day–the gift of hearing truly professional steel drum players. Thank you so much!" - Kathy S.|
you for providing such great music at our Annual Employee Event. Your
duo reallyadded just the right touch to the entire event. We llook
forward to having Panduo entertainus again!" - Angie E.
was such a great item to include and added so much to the party. it
created an extremely festive envirnoment! You were so good to work
Again, thank you!" - Hillary O.