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Trinidad North Steel Drum BandSteel Drum Band from Philadelphia, PA

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 43 Reviews
  • 104 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2004
  • 5 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $250 per event

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Anyone who knows anything about the History of steel drums in America will tell you about David Gettes and his band Trinidad North. Since 1985 Trinidad North has brought their infectious sweet sound to literally millions of people. They have performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica and the United States, where they are based. David Gettes was one of the first individuals to "scientifically study" the building and tuning of steel drums, beginning in the 1980s under the direction of the legendary , Ellie Mannette" of Woodbrook Trinidad AKA "The father of the modern steel drum". David became Ellie's apprentice and studied with him for 7 years learning many guarded secrets and techniques on how to build, tune as well as perform on all the different steel drums (Pans) that comprise a Steel Orchestra. Some 30 + years later, and after building a few school steel drum programs in the United States, and Turks and Caicos, David and Trinidad North are now performing the music that always makes people feel good. Trinidad North usually perform as a duo (solo and trio also available). People often comment they sound like a trio or four piece as the drum set - steel drum rhythms are so tight, and the steel drums that David tunes and plays, produce both a haunting deep sound and the characteristic higher pitched happy steel drum sound, at the same time, resulting in Trinidad North's characteristic 'fuller' sound. David developed his signature technique/sound performing along side other passionate steel pan greats including Andy and Jeff Narell, Jit Samaroo (Renegades Steel Orchestra from Port of Spain, Trinidad), Robert Greenidge (w/ Jimmy Buffett, and the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra from Laventille, Trinidad); Joel Keel (Rolly Grey and Sunfire, Tobago) Anthony Cezair (Pepper Pot Steel Orchestra, Florida); and the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band of Baltimore – TNT Baltimore. Regional drummers that perform with Trinidad North include: Chris Henning (drummer with NFL films- Dean of the Music Dept. at West Chester University), Mike Windish (drummer with /Chubby Checker); Paul Downie (drummer with Sonoma Sound); Wesley Rast (drummer with Cultureal- Reggae Band, Dance and Drum Instructor at Princeton University and Swarthmore College); and David's favorite drummer, his son, Jeremy Gettes. Trinidad North has performed at parades, graduations, weddings, private parties, business openings, conventions, fund raisers, senior communities, backyards, hospitals, and all kinds of festivals. They have performed on yachts, battleships, and rooftops, in zoos, museums, libraries, elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges and universities, botanical gardens, parks, and stadiums. Trinidad North performs regularly for Autism, Cancer, Alzheimer's, Heart Care, PTSD, and HIV/AIDS charity fundraisers. They were selected for public and private performances for VIP's attending concerts with: Earth, Wind and Fire, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, The Roots w/ Snoop Dogg. They also played a fundraiser with the Wailers (Bob Marley's remaining band) in Times Square NYC for Veterans with Brain Trauma Injuries. Trinidad North was recently (October 2014) featured on CBS News, NBC National Nighty News, ABC News (Good Morning America) and CNN, for their impromptu performance on the PA turnpike to calm motorists stuck in a long traffic jam following a bad multi vehicle accident. It turned into a limbo dance party, and has come to symbolize the positive attitude Trinidad North bring to every event they perform at. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please read their reviews on our site and listen to their song files. They are truly exceptional, love to perform, and are professional in all aspects. They would be the perfect group to hire to make your event wonderful. They typically play a mix of Island music- old and new Calypso, Reggae, and SOCA, along with Bossa Nova, Jazz and even Rock standards, all on steel drums!! However, with more than 200 songs in their repertoire they are able to customize the music to fit your event as you desire. They have been hired through Gigmasters more than 90 times and every client has left positive feedback! Many stated they would hire them again in a heartbeat, without any hesitation. Trinidad North is without question a first class act in every way, To see if they are available we suggest you contact them as soon as possible as they book up in advance, especially on warm weather weekends.


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Avg 5.0 | 43 Reviews

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Review by Effie H.

CelebrationReviewed on July 4, 2022From West Chester, PA

The band was wonderful and everyone had a great time!

Review by Diane S.

Anniversary PartyReviewed on September 5, 2009From Mount Airy, MD

I am always a little skeptical when anything is rated 5 stars and wonder if the rating is deserved or exaggerated, but let me just say Trinidad North is worth every penny. They were awesome. We could'nt have been more pleased with their performance and personalities. If you get the chance to see them perform live, do it. They are that good. Sincerely, The Straiters Anniversary Party

Review by Kari S.

CelebrationReviewed on May 5, 2016From Philadelphia, PA

Awesome. He took care of our special requests, and did a stellar job! Would HIGHLY recommend.

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Song List

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  • Banana Boat Song
  • Beat it on Down the Line
  • Bee’s Melody
  • Black Orpheus
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Brown Skinned Girl
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Day-O
  • Down on the Corner
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Get Up Stand Up
  • Happy Together
  • Hard Days Night
  • I Shot the Sheriff
  • In The Mood
  • Iron Man
  • Island in the Sun
  • It Don’t Come Easy
  • Jamaica Farewell
  • Kiss the Girl
  • Limbo
  • Margaritaville
  • Mary Ann
  • Matilda
  • Mediation
  • My Band
  • My Favorite Things
  • Mystery Band
  • On and On
  • Once I Loved
  • Pan in A Minor
  • Promises
  • Senora
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  • So Danco Samba
  • St. Thomas
  • Summer Samba
  • Take a Break Today
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • Under the Boardwalk
  • Waiting in Vain
  • Watermellon Man
  • Yellowbird
  • You Can't Always Get What You Want
  • Is This Love (new)
  • No Woman No Cry (new)
  • Light My Fire (new)
  • Chamelon (new)


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Past Events

August 31, 2022 • Community Event
Wed7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Downingtown, PA
August 18, 2022 • Luau Party
Thu2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Harleysville, PA
July 6, 2022 • Community Event
Wed5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lafayette Hill, PA
July 4, 2022 • Celebration
Mon1:30 PM - 3:30 PM West Chester, PA
June 25, 2022 • Celebration
Sat2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Nesquehoning, PA
June 15, 2022 • Community Event
Wed4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Newtown Square, PA
November 9, 2021 • Event
Tue11:00 AM - 2:00 PM West Chester, PA
September 18, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Haverford, PA
August 22, 2020 • Wedding
Sat6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Manahawkin, NJ
August 3, 2019 • Celebration
Sat4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Marlton, NJ
May 18, 2019 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cape May, NJ
October 26, 2018 • Cocktail Party
Fri7:00 PM - 9:00 PM New York City, NY

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