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Steel Pan Alley
Ranked #29 of 79 things to do in Roatan
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Owner description: We offer a totally unprecedented opportunity to truly feel and live the Caribbean musical experience.Within the space of one ninety-minute course any guest, regardless of previous musical experience or education, will learn to play the Trinidad steel drums and sound like a professional.We promise zero-to-music in one session!
Reviewed 13 February 2013

We just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Carnival Glory. Thanks to Trip Advisor, we found out about this wonderful, free, music program for the children of Roatan. Meeting Deborah and the students was the highlight of our cruise. We played a couple of songs with the group, but most of all, caught Deb's enthusiasm for the program. In addition to purchasing T-shirts just like the kids wear, we bought two of their CD's. This former CA music teacher (retired) is making a difference in her community. It's necessary to hire a driver to get to her school, but it is an opportunity to see the island in a way that most visitors miss. Spread the word...this is the best excursion ever!!

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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Many people when they go on a trip want an adventure. Well this is an adventure of a different sort where your money helps to keep the arts alive for these young people. This is a retired teacher who has built this little enclave in a community and teaches kids 3 days a week to play the steel drums. You will get a 2 hours experience learning to play, learn the history of the steel drum , meet the kids
And support the continuation of the school. While we know the kids are learning drumming they are also learning great life lessons about teamwork, cooperation and being a contributing member of society. Who wouldn't want that for their child. Have a real experience while in Roatan. Go see experience and support these kids.

Thank Cheryl S
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Great experience -- really interesting adventure. Deborah is a retired music who set up a free steel pan school for the local kids (she taught steel drums in the US for 8 yrs before coming down to Roatan), and teaches workshops for tourists to help support her venture. Its a terrific experience-- her enthusiasm was contagious, and we learned 3 whole songs in 2 1/2 hours, with her students helping/collaborating. She tells all about the history of steel pan music, talks about the local culture, and is doing a great project for the students she mentors who can get paying gigs playing at local events.Very highly recommended, was our favorite activity during our week in Roatan.

Thank mimi k
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We recently returned from a cruise and wanted to try something different while in Roatan. Four of us aging from 40's to 70's and we all really enjoyed our drumming lessons. None of us have any musical abilities but Deborah and her students made it fun and easy to learn. We bought the CD's and listening to them reminds of us our great experience!

Thank scheif
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Learned the base line on three songs and found the experience of being surrounded by the music different and exciting. Deborah is very knowledgeable, patient and can teach anyone to play a little steel pan in a matter of 1 - 2 hours. I'll never be a professional on the pan, but being a part of the band was great.

It is unfortunate that the cruise lines do not offer anything of this quality on their "shore excursions" yet. Steel Pan Alley is a short cab ride from Mahogany Bay and can be a learning experience for everyone, young or old, family or couple. Many thanks also to Ivan, Francisco (Junior), David and Eleanor for their expertise. These are students at the school and made a rookie on the pan sound much better than I really deserved.

Thank Pat M
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