We are steelband educators who care deeply about pan and its development in education. As such, we understand what steelband directors and students want. You want a variety of great music to showcase the range and versatility of your instrument. You want resources to help develop young players, and repertoire to challenge the advanced ones. All of us at Engine Room Publishing are music teachers, and we understand what you need.
Many wonderful things are happening in pan right now. There are more steelband programs at all levels—primary, secondary, college and the community. There are a greater number of pieces being written for steelband and pan. This is truly a promising time to be involved. We wanted to help out, so Engine Room Publishing began in 2008 with the idea of connecting steelband directors with other steelband directors. How many times have you heard an arrangement and thought, I'd really like to play that! only to find out it's not published anywhere? How many times have you looked in your library needing a piece within a certain style or difficulty level, unable to find one?
We have started to roll out a few dozen compositions and arrangements that we have tested in our bands. Each piece is coded with a difficulty level and includes the ranges for each part. We do this because we want you to be able to make the best decision when purchasing a chart. In most cases, you'll also find an audio sample of our pieces from actual performances. We add more pieces every week, so check back often!
We are always looking to make new music available to other directors. If you have a piece you would like to share, please visit here.