Trinidad North Steel Drum Band

Steel Drum Band from Philadelphia, PA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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About
Anyone who knows anything about steel drums will tell you about David Gettes and his band Trinidad North. Since 1985 Trinidad North has traveled the globe bringing their infectious sweet sounds to literally millions of people. They have performed in Trinidad and Tobago and toured Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica and the United States, where they continue to perform most often.

David Gettes was one of the first individuals to "study" the building and tuning of steel drums, beginning in the 1980s under the direction of the legendary "Grandfather of the steel drum, Ellie Mannette" of Woodbrook Trinidad. David became Ellie's handpicked apprentice and studied with him for 7 years learning the guarded secrets of how to build, tune and perform on all the different steel drums that comprise a Steel Drum Orchestra.

After building school steel drum programs in the United States, David and Trinidad North are performing the music that always makes people feel good. Trinidad North usually perform as a duo but most people say they sound like a trio or even four piece as the rhythms are tight, and the oversized hand crafted steel drums that David plays produce a haunting deep sound that along with that characteristic happy, high pitched steel drum sound, results in Trinidad North's characteristic rich sound.

David has developed his signature technique/sound performing along side other steel pan legends including Andy and Jeff Narell, Jit Samaroo (Renegades Steel Orchestra from Port of Spain, Trinidad), Robert Greenich (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 love performing with Trinidad North include: Chris Henning (drummer with NFL films- Chair 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, drum instructor at Princeton University and Swarthmore College); and when available, David's favorite drummer of all, his son Jeremy Gettes.

Trinidad North has performed at parades, graduations, weddings, private parties, business openings, conventions, 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 at Autism, Cancer, Alzheimer's, Heart Care, PTSD, and HIV/AIDS charity fundraisers.

They have been competively selected to open concerts for Earth,Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and most recently they performed at the Roots Picnic at the Philadelphia Waterfront, summer 2014 prior to the Roots performance with Snoop Dogg!

Trinidad North was recently (October 2014) featured on CBS News, NBC National Nighty News, and ABC News (Good Morning America) for their impromptu performance on the PA turnpike to calm motorists stuck in a very long traffic jam following a terrible accident. This 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 70 times and every client has left positive feedback stating they would hire them again in a heartbeat, without any hesitation. Trinidad North is without question a first class act and is one of our longest running and best representatives. To see if they are available we suggest you contact them immediately as they book up way in advance, especially on weekends.

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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!

Anniversary Party

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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

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Celebration

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

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Wedding Reception

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Trinidad North Steel Band: 10 stars within the 5 star scale.... Very highly recommend! Excellent rhythm, melody and a very professional sound [great rhythm is critical]. Very accommodating to our requests [calypso focus] as well as taking advantage of "spur of the moment" opportunities: the band creatively set up a "limbo beam," and the 5 children in the wedding party had the time-of-their-lives running and ducking under the beam to the music. This was one of the best home-videos from the reception. Trinidad North was very "in-tune" to our wishes to create a happy and very fun atmosphere for our wedding. One of the best choices we made for our reception!

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Graduation Party

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If you book them, you won't be disappointed! They were professional and played wonderfully. All the guests enjoyed their music!

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Wedding

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Trinidad North Steel Band played at the cocktail hour of my friend's wedding, and we thought they did a fantastic job, so we hired them to do the cocktail hour of our own wedding. David Gettes constantly kept in touch with me in the weeks leading up to the wedding, to confirm schedule, attire, and weather-related contingency plans. They were such a hit with our guests, and they even let my mom and myself take a turn playing on the drums for a few minutes! I would recommend them for any event!

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Wedding

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From my very first contact with Trinidad North Steel Band, I felt extremely confident that they would be the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony and reception. Being unsure what I wanted to do for music during the ceremony , David made several suggestions of music they could play that would be appropriate for my little church and then carry through to my reception with a total caribbean theme. Our ceremony music was absolutely beautiful, elegant and totally unique and then such fun and authentic selections were performed as our reception began. Everyone commented that our wedding was the most happy, uplifting and fun experience from beginning to end. THANK YOU !!

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Festival

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Dave Gettes, the leader of the North Trinidad Steel band, is a very creative person and his band was the perfect fit for the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Timonium, MD. We had 15,000 people in over the weekend and he entertained in 12 separtae shows. In addition he gave educational insight into the invention and development of the Steel Drum and inspired young attendees to play some notes between sets. He was a great hit among the entire creative community that gathered for this 33rd annual event featuring artists from all over the U.S.A.

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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David Gettes (Trinidad North) was a great addition to our cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed it (all ages) and many people have asked for their name for future engagments.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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David and his son are excellent musicians with a wide repertoir and were great to work with for our event. All of our guests commented about how much they enjoyed their performance. We'd definitely hire them again and strongly recommend them to others.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Overall experience was awesome! I knew from my first conversation with David regarding the event that the Trinidad North Steel Band was going to take our party to the next level- and it certainly did! We will never forget my dad's 60th birthday and a big part of that is because of how special the band made it. Thanks again!

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Trinidad North Steel Drum Band’s Response:

You and your extended family were so nice. It was an honor and a pleasure to play for you all. I knew our music would help make the night special and i am truly happy that you are enjoyed the music so much. Would love to play for you again if the opportunity arises. Thanks for leaving the positive feedback.. wish you all the best!! David and Trinidad North

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2019
Aug
3
Celebration
Marlton, NJ
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
May
18
Wedding Ceremony
Cape May, NJ
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2018
Oct
26
Cocktail Party
New York City, NY
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Aug
23
Dinner Dance
West Grove, PA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Aug
11
Anniversary Party
Bel Air, MD
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jul
14
Private Party
King of Prussia, PA
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Jun
21
Corporate Function
Philadelphia, PA
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Feb
24
Event
Ellicott City, MD
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Aug
12
Luau Party
Essex, MD
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Jul
29
Birthday Party (Adult)
Macungie, PA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Jul
9
Funeral
Riverton, NJ
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Jun
10
Anniversary Party
Jamison, PA
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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)
Caribbean Band
Hawaiian Band
Reggae Band
Steel Drum Band
Beach Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
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Bachelor Parties
Banquets
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Conventions
Festivals
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Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Trinidad North Steel Drum Band will also travel to Langhorne, Trevose, Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Feasterville Trevose, Huntingdon Valley, Beverly, Croydon, Holland, Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Levittown, Riverside, Riverton, Bristol, Elkins Park, Hatboro, Palmyra, Richboro, Warminster, Willow Grove, Wyncote, Burlington, Glenside, Willingboro, Dresher, Fairless Hills, Horsham, Moorestown.
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