Welcome to PanOccasions

professional steel drum music for every occasion

2017 public performances

June - Sept, 2017, I will be at 

The Farmers' Market, Commons Park, Stamford, CT 

12-2pm most Sundays 

and 5-7pm most Tuesdays

and at

The Bourbon Street Restaurant 

40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY

4-7pm Fridays 

and 4-7pm some Sundays 


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About Us

Professional, Reliable

I am Adrian Clarke. I play solo steel drums for wedding cocktails and ceremonies, parties of every kind, bar & bat mitzvahs, graduations, retirements, engagements, showers, farmers'  markets, clambakes, parades, senior, corporate, church and school events, and most other occasions.  I have been gigging for fifteen years and have a record of professionalism and reliability. I take your business seriously and bring the tropical feel you desire. 

No Event Too Big or Too Small

I play soca/calypso and reggae music, plus  Latin, some pop standards, hymns, spirituals and classical pieces. I've played the biggest catering halls, country clubs and backyards in the tri-state, and small apartments. I make it work. Usually I use the Bose tower speakers, but for very intimate events I use the Bose dock. As you see in the photos, my steel pan is chromed and of the best quality. 

I Leave You Smiling

I play New York City, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. My rates are competitive. I play with tracks so that you can dance or simply tap your feet; occasionally, when requested, I use no tracks at all. Expect me to arrive an hour before your event to find the best place to set up and to give you peace of mind. I'll try to help you find moco jumbies (stilt walkers), Caribbean or limbo dancers, and I'll provide additional musicians (at an additional charge, naturally) if you request them. My aim is always to leave you and your guests smiling.

Audio #1 (Soca/Calypso)

A medley of mostly traditional calypsos like "Big Bamboo," "Fire, Fire," "Sly Mongoose". . . 

Audio #2 (Reggae)

This Bob Marley classic goes well at parties, cocktail hours, and even wedding ceremonies

Audio #3 (Slow Soca)

60's, 70's and 80's ballads done to a slow soca beat -- great dinner music

Audio #4 (Pop Ballad)

A Stevie Wonder classic -- 'nough said

Audio #5 (Latin)

This is an old Latin favorite

Audio #6 (Classical)

A classical piece

Audio #7 (Soca/Calypso)

A medley of five songs by Lord Kitchener, the greatest writer of calypsos for pan 

Video 1

"Waiting in Vain" 

Video 2

Lord Kitchener's "Rain-o-Rama," "Pan in Harmony," "Love in the Cemetery" . . .  

Video 3

"Ol Time Calypso Medley"

Video 4

Mighty Sparrow's "Jean & Dinah," "The Lizard," "Melda," "Drunk & Disorderly"

Video 5

"Jamaica Farewell," 4-piece Caribbean band 

Video 6

"Desafinado"

sample playlists


songs not on the song list are to be requested 2-3 months in advance

Song list


songs not on the song list are to be be requested 2-3 months in advance

Song list (contd.)

Pop/Ballads . . . (with tracks)

A Thousand Years

A Whole New World

After the Loving

All of Me

All Night Long

Beautiful Barbados

Before the Next Teardrop Falls

Betcha By Golly Wow

Can't Help Falling in Love

Dance with my Father

Do You Know (Theme from Mahogany)

Every Breath You Take

Fantasy

Feel Like Making Love to You

Giving You the Best that I've Got

Goldfinger

Gone Too Soon

Greatest Love of All

Heal the World

Hero

Hotel California

I Just Can't Stop Loving You

Island in the Sun

Island Woman

It's So Amazing (To Be Loved)

Jamaica Farewell

Just Called to Say I Love You

Just the Way You Are

Kokomo

La Isla Bonita

Lately

Margaritaville

Miss You Like Crazy

Misty

My Heart Will Go On

My Way

New York, New York

O, Sole Mio

On the Wings of Love

One Moment in Time

Overjoyed

Part-time Lover 

Ribbon in the Sky

Save the Best for Last

Saving All My Love for You

Smooth Operator

Spanish Eyes

Stone in Love with You

Summertime

The Tide is High

This Masquerade

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Under the Boarwalk

Under the Sea

Unforgettable

When I Fall in Love

When You Believe

Wind Beneath my Wings

Yellow Bird

You Make Me Feel Brand New

Classical/Religious (not all played with tracks)

Amazing Grace

Barbados National Anthem

Canon in D Major

Elizabethan Serenade

Here Comes the Bride

His Eye is on the Sparrow

How Great Thou Art

I Believe

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesus Loves Me

Old Rugged Cross

Rock of Ages

Star Spangled Banner

Take My Hand, Precious Lord

The Prayer

You Raise Me Up

Wedding March

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

When You Believe

Testimonials

"Perfect Cocktail hour. Adrian was amazing and set a great mood for our cocktail hour. Highly recommend!!" Reviewed by KATHRYN C FROM WESTBURY, NY, ON 9/8/2017


"Adrian was Amazing. I hired Pan Occasions for a corporate event and could not have had a better experience! Solid communication, punctual, and really great music! Highly recommend!" Reviewed by HENRY F FROM NYC, NY, ON  8/24/2017

 

"He was prompt accomodating and was perfect for our party. Very professional and I'd hire him again anytime. Steel drum music is my favorite party music." Reviewed by KAREN G FROM BOONTON TWP, NJ ON 8/6/2017


"Brilliant. Easy to work with, had a fantastic sound system, and was a huge hit at our party. Thank you! Will definitely recommend." Review by EM FROM ROCKAWAY BEACH, NY ON 7/30/2017


"Thanks, Adrian. Perfect for our Caribbean party. I hope you liked my jerk chicken." Review by Zachary L. FROM VERONA, NJ, ON 7/29/2017


 "Adrian was very professional. Great music selection. My guests loved the music! I was very pleased and will hire him again. I highly recommend him."

Review by Nikisha J. FROM NEW ROCHELLE, NY ON 4/21/2017


"Adrian was so professional to deal with and he did an amazing job handling our requests! Thank you for making our day special! Our guests were so impressed by his talent."

Review by Chelsea S. FROM WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY ON 9/3/2016


"Great guy would book again!"

Review by Heather C. FROM BROOKLYN, NY ON 7/23/2016


"We received many compliments from our guests on the steel drummer's performance at our wedding. One of our friends is even planning to take up the instrument!"

Review by Titania G. FROM BRONX, NY ON 4/9/2016


"I cannot say enough great things about Adrian. Our wedding was on Fire Island (not an easy venue to get to), and he had no problems figuring out the travel on his own. When it started to pour rain at our ceremony, Adrian made it over to the venue along with everyone else with no issues. THEN when it started to storm and the power went out, causing the DJ music to turn off during the bridal party entrance, he kicked in with the drums and kept the party going!!! All while he was packing up to leave after cocktail hour!! The music was great, he was professional, pleasant, and easygoing. I have no complaints at all!!"

Review by Julie C. FROM KISMET, NY ON 9/12/2015


"Adrian was awesome! Very professional,friendly and talented. Highly recommend..."

Review by John Z. FROM MAHWAH, NJ ON 9/5/2015


"A professional in this business!"

Review by Lynsyd h. FROM BROOKLYN, NY ON 8/22/2015


"Adrian was awesome in every way, professional, flexible, gracious, friendly, kind, and his music was fantastic. The whole experience was perfect. Thank you!"

Review by Terry S. FROM FARMINGDALE, NJ ON 6/12/2015


"Adrian from Pan Occasions was absolutely wonderful. Everyone was raving about how cool it was that we had a steel drum player and how much they enjoyed it. The music was great and I wish we had him there even longer. It was perfect and really made the ceremony and cocktail hour. Couldn't be happier. Thanks Adrian!!" Nicole/Matthew

Review by Nicole C. FROM MILLSTONE, NJ ON 6/7/2014


"Excellent job! Very professional! Will use again if there is a need in the future."

Review by K W. FROM BROOKLYN, NY ON 7/27/2013


"excellent ty"

Review by Kimberly S. FROM MANORVILLE, NY ON 6/29/2013


"WOW!!! Adrian was fantastic and can't wait to use him in the future for other events!"

Review by Elba G. FROM JERSEY CITY, NJ ON 7/4/2013


"Adrian was polite, professional and the crowd loved him. He was early for setup, started right on time, and played all the music we requested.

 I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a steel drum musician."

Review by Kristy F. FROM PORT JEFFERSON, NY ON 6/8/2013


"Played our wedding cocktail and I'm still hearing people rave about how good it was and what fun! A bunch of people have already asked for Pan Occasions contact info. Great job, on time, professional, just a joy to work with! So thankful I found him!"

Review by Jamie S. FROM PRINCETON, NJ ON 5/18/2013

FAQ's

Q. Are you from the islands?

A. I was born and raised in Barbados and finished secondary school there. I've lived in New York for some time but go home frequently.


Q. How long have you been playing pan?

A. That is a hard one to answer accurately. In college I played a "toy" steel pan in a student band called Caribbean Vibes, but bought a real one in Trinidad years later and started to teach myself. I've always loved the instrument.  In New York I've been gigging for approximately fifteen years, at first with other musicians but more than 99% of my gigs are now solo.


Q. If I book you will I get a substitute?

A. No. I personally play all of my events.


Q.  How will you dress?

A. For weddings I wear tropical shirt, black trousers and black shoes, and sometimes a blazer or jacket in cooler weather. Other events I will probably wear tropical shirt with khakis and casual brown shoes. Sometimes I wear white dress pants. For very casual events like backyard or pool parties, I might wear dress shorts or jeans.


Q. What time will you arrive?

A. I aim to arrive an hour before an event but am often earlier. Better two hours early than two seconds late for your event.


Q. Do you take breaks?

A. Normally I'll do a maximum of two hours without a break. More than two hours, I take a ten- or fifteen-minute rest break each hour.


Q. What happens during breaks?

A. I play recorded music.


Q. Can you provide other musicians? 

A. Yes. Normally I can provide a singer, a bass player, a keyboardist and/or a guitarist--from two pieces to a nine- or ten-piece Caribbean band. Of course, the price differs. Just let me know early, since the musicians are busy.


Q. What's the difference between one and two pannists?

A. Usually the price. With the tracks and the speakers, one steel drummer is more than adequate--and cheaper. Your wish is my command, however.


Q. Do you sing?

A. Only in the shower, but I can provide a singer at an additional cost.


Q. What is your normal rate?

A. Depending on distance and tolls, I charge $250 - $300 for the first hour and $75 for each additional hour. Cocktail hours are usually $300. In NYC I charge an additional $50 for parking if it is not provided. A cocktail hour in Cape May can be $500.


Q. What if I want extra time?

A. It's usually best to book the time you think you will need beforehand. Overtime costs are $100 an hour but overtime may not always be possible.


Q. How far do you travel?

A. I serve the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. I play as far east as the Hamptons, as far south as Atlantic City or Cape May, and I've played in New Haven, CT. Occasionally I do gigs in Pennsylvania and I've played in Boston. Of course, an evening gig of some distance  will require a hotel stay and that cost is added.


Q. How much space do you need?

A. Usually 8 - 10 feet of space. I use the Bose tower speakers which are not bulky, but the pan is mic'd and I do need space between the mic and the speakers to avoid feedback. Also, adequate space between the guests and the speakers is best for all. 


Q. Will you need shade?

A. Yes. Neither the instrument nor the equipment responds well to the heat of the sun. Shade under a tree, tent or umbrella is much appreciated. 


Q. What happens in the case of rain?

A. For parties, etc., I always suggest tents. If the event is a washout, we try to reschedule.


Q. How do I book you?

A. You can book me directly by phone or email. 


Q. Do you do contracts?

A. Yes, you give me the details of your event and I provide an agreement for us both to sign. 


Q. When is my booking complete?

A. Once I receive the signed agreement and the deposit from you, you're booked--but not before.


Q. Is my deposit refundable?

A. Usually not, because I keep that date and time exclusively for your event and cannot double book. In some cases--if an event is canceled three months before, for example, and I can pursue another lead--I can refund your deposit.


Q. How do you take deposits?

A. Usually by check, cash, or PayPal. I will provide a receipt.


Q. When and how do you expect your balance of payment?

A. Usually cash. If you're the one getting married I usually ask you for a contact person to take care of this and other things at the event. It's usually best to settle the b.o.p when I arrive at the event rather than after I'm done playing.


Q. What kind of music will you play?

A. A normal playlist consists mostly of reggae and calypso/soca, with some Latin and pop standards.


Q. Can I request a song?

A. Certainly, once I know it or have time to learn it and a track is available. Tell me if you want mostly reggae or mostly Calypso/soca at your event, or maybe you want mostly Bob Marley. Perhaps you want a few more Latin songs than the two or three I normally play in a set. I play hundreds of songs, but there may be some I haven't played in years and will need to brush up on. Give me your request two or three months ahead, if possible.


Q. Will you suggest songs for my ceremony?

A. I have done numerous ceremonies and people can be very traditional or just the opposite. You'll need three songs: one for the bridal party, a processional, and a recessional for yourself. Traditionalists like "Here Comes the Bride," "Canon in D Major," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and "The Bridal March." Others prefer Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," "One Love," or "Is This Love." Some like "Over the Rainbow" or "Wonderful World," reggae or ballad. Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" or Magic's "Rude." Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy." "Can't Help Falling in Love" reggae or ballad. There are endless choices and I will help you.


Q. Will you play music for the guests before the ceremony begins?

A. Yes, I will be set up before the guests are seated for the ceremony and will begin to play once they start to arrive.


Q. Do you always play with accompanying music.

A. Yes, most of the time. For longer events they're better than the pan alone. The music is more lively and danceable. 


Q. What if I don't want accompanying tracks?

A. That's your call. I'll use a Bose dock at my back for a guide. 


Q. Can the music be heard both inside and out.

A. It depends, but you should suggest the best space (near a door, for example), since the equipment cannot be taken down, moved and set up again in less that fifteen or twenty minutes. Finding the right place to set up is part of the reason I arrive early. 

Rates, Agreements & Deposits



I'll try to work with your budget where possible

Contact Us

Drop me a line!

To discuss your event

call, text or email me

PanOccasions

Brooklyn, NY

(917) 612-5441

Or we can meet by appointment