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“Very rewarding experience!”
Review of Steel Pan Alley

Steel Pan Alley
Ranked #35 of 74 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!
Mobile, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very rewarding experience!”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

One of our planned activities during our one week stay on Roatan was to visit Steel Pan Alley. Our group of six met with Deborah and her students on the last morning of our vacation and this was one of the highlights of our trip. Glad we saved the best for last!
Deborah is a wonderful advocate for music education and her students/our teachers were amazing! In the space of an hour and a half, she took the six of us, evaluated our abilities and positively encouraged our musical progression. We ended up playing three songs accompanied by her talented students and I thought we sounded pretty awesome! We also received a pretty comprehensive view of how steel pan music came to be. It was really interesting.
I would highly recommend this experience and look forward to returning again and trying my hand at making some island music!

Visited June 2013
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Cobourg, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unforgettable, and oh so worthwhile!”
Reviewed 17 February 2013

This was truly an unforgettable, unique & worthwhile experience! Thanks to Deborah for the warm welcome, and for the fun and informative afternoon. It was such a pleasure to meet the kids, and to learn all about the school and about the steel pans. We loved our "hands-on" experience with the drums, and better yet, listening to the students play for us at the end of the session. Kudos to Deborah for all the work and dedication to this school, and for the enrichment it no doubt brings to the lives of the kids who attend. Do go if you have the chance, you will be glad you did!

Visited February 2013
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Grande Cache, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Such a unique experience!”
Reviewed 14 February 2013

We had a wonderful time visiting Steel Pan Alley - we did several yours out of our hotel but none compared to the unique experience we had at Steel Pan. We had a quite a large group as well and they had no problem accommodating us. We felt like we had experienced something truly different on the island and loved it! The kids are wonderful and the teacher runs the school truly from the heart. Highly recommend this trip!!

Visited February 2013
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New Brighton, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't miss Steel Pan Alley!!”
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!!

Visited February 2013
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Westmeath, Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Up close and personal”
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.

Visited February 2013
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