Kent Arnsbarger - Steel Drums & Island Sounds

Steel Drum Band from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 525 miles
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About
Add that Island flare to your next party or event!! Kent Arnsbarger is a solo steel drum performer using an iPod to play VERY high quality backup tracks (all played & recorded by him) over a very compact and amazing sounding state-of-the-art Bose PA system. The sound files you hear on this page are from his 6 CDs, all on iTunes or on his personal site. These sounds are the exact backup tracks he uses live, minus the lead pan. What you hear is what you get!!

Kent has performed at over 1,800 different venues and events from wedding receptions to birthday parties, resorts & restaurants, Zoos & colleges, casinos and corporate parties since 2004 . After (or before) the performance, Kent can also DJ your event with many thousands of songs from many styles of music at his finger tips. Professional lighting will be added for evening events.

Kent has performed on television several times (along with a two hour interview on WGN radio) and has opened for the world famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

He also teaches percussion privately and is the percussion instructor at several high profile schools in Indiana for their marching band programs. Kent is a classically trained percussionist from Indiana University.

Kent uses REAL percussion instruments and NOT midi sequencers or drum machines. Your ears (& your guests) will surely notice the difference.

Please take a moment and enjoy Kent's music videos for his own tune, "Island Currents" and a cover of "Island Girl" and "Sugar Island". All recorded and edited by Kent.

Be sure to watch his promotional video here on Gigmasters.

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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The most amazing steel drummer and what a great value. Beyond his great sounds he has the best most relaxed personality of anyone I think I’ve ever met. You can tell he loves kids and appreciates the specialness of the celebration and the moment. His set up is super slick and professional. We loved him and will use him again for all of our parties!

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Kent Arnsbarger - Steel Drums & Island Sounds’s Response:

thank you so much Malora. You threw a wonderful party and gave me a cool place to perform!!! Best wishes to you all.

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Graduation Party

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Everyone loved Kent's performance. He was very accommodating and pleasant. He needs very little space to set up and couldn't have been easier to deal with. I would be happy to have him play again!

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Private Party

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We couldn’t be happier with Kent! He is so talented and everyone at our party enjoyed the music! Several people said they felt like they were on vacation. Kent was so nice and easy to work with and we will definitely have him back again and again! Absolutely loved it! Thanks again, Kent!!!

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Private Party

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Living in Nashville no one understood why I had to get a performer from IL, until they heard him play! He was a great performer and very personable. I would recommend him to anyone.

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Luau Party

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Kent was Great. He provided the perfect atmosphere for our island backyard party. He was entertaining but not over powering. Music was perfect. We felt like we were in Jamaica. He was punctual and very accomadating. He took a small space with a big sound. If your trying to capture the feel of being on a tropical island then Kent is the man!! "No worries, and you'll be happy"

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Club Event

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Kent Arnsbarger's talent is very well represented on his website. Visit it. What you see and hear is exactly what you get. On top of that, he is very easy to deal with and accommodating to your event's needs. His communication is very prompt too. Hire him! You won't be disappointed.

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Corporate Function

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Kent played at our Customer Appreciation Day. He was wonderful. Our customers and guests just loved him. I was asked many times "Where did I find him?", "He's great!" We will now use Kent every year for Customer Appreciation Day. He's such a talent.

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Private Party

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Kent was amazing. Highly recommend. Will use again.

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Corporate Function

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Kent was phenomenal! He arrived early and was ready to set-up right away. There was a point within the evening where he had to take down his equipment and re-set up on a different level at the Shedd and he was quick and professional about it. His music was calming and enjoyable and we received a lot of feedback from our guests that he was very talented and the tempo and volume of his music was a perfect fit for our event. Overall, Kent was a joy to work with. He was patient, kind and really seemed to just go with the flow; he was ready to accommodate to our needs.

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Retirement Party

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Amazing performance by Kent Arnsbarger! He was prompt in arrival and set-up. His music was outstanding and it was clear that he enjoyed performing! We received numerous compliments on the atmosphere created by the music! I will hire Kent again and highly recommend him to anyone interested in island music!

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2019
Sep
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Willowbrook, IL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2020
Jan
18
Private Party
La Crosse, WI
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Jul
26
Wedding
Orland Park, IL
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jul
4
Private Party
Portage, IN
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jun
22
Graduation Party
Crown Point, IN
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2019
Jun
9
Birthday Party (Adult)
Winthrop Harbor, IL
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2019
May
17
Nursing Home Event
Bloomington, IN
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Apr
27
Birthday Party (Kids)
Aurora, IL
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Mar
27
Corporate Function
Rosemont, IL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Feb
8
Club Event
Goshen, IN
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Jan
24
Corporate Function
Carol Stream, IL
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Oct
13
Birthday Party (Kids)
La Grange, IL
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2018
Sep
29
Cocktail Party
Louisville, KY
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Sep
15
Private Party
Bethalto, IL
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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