from the blog.

Remembering Ellie Mannette, the Stradivarius of Steel

Trinidadian Ellie Mannette passed away on August 29, 2018, at the age of 90. He will fondly be remembered as the Stradivarius of Steel. Mannette was an inventor, innovator, master builder, tuner, teacher and ambassador of the modern steel drum.  He was the first to “sink” the surface of the drum. He shaped convex notes […]

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Let Your Employees Know They Are Valued

When my daughter recently told me she received a bonus at work, I thought back to my days as a teacher.  The rewards of teaching in the schools are many, but they are not monetary. Profit sharing, commissions, bonuses — these terms are foreign to the public education vernacular. Having said that, there was the […]

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Top 10 List

A top ten list of why your team should participate in a Calypso Steel Drum Workshop: 10. It’s fun tapping a steel drum, which sounds like a kitchen pan, only more exotic 9.   Finally, something to drown out the helicopter pad 8.   There will be plenty of Instagram moments 7.   Saying “yah […]

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Steel Drum History

Steel drums, also known as pans, are the only family of chromatic, acoustic instruments invented in the twentieth century. They hail from Trinidad, and their fascinating history is inextricably linked to the culture and resiliency of the Trinidadian people. At one time or another, Spanish, English, Dutch and French colonialists ruled the island of Trinidad. African slaves […]

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Old-Fashioned Team Building Never Looked So Good

China is moving swiftly toward algorithmic governance.  Among other things, this means that faces of jay walkers and people who are late in their payments are projected on billboard-sized screens, for everyone to see. If this causes you to cringe, pay attention because corporate America is not far behind. Take a look at Yva, for […]

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