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Steel Drums-What's New This Summer?

Well this summer has certainly brought a lot of the “new” for me.  Lots of new technology in my steel drum setup (so fun!), getting ready to see new parts of…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on June 13, 2014 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Interesting Survey of Research on Benefits of Drumming

This all seems pretty intuitively true.  Particularly I think the part about playing various rhythms with different limbs being a form of problem solving.  I know when I am playing some Afro Cuban groove that uses 4 quite distinct rhythms on my different limbs my brain actually feels very relaxed.  There is something almost therapeutic about it.



Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on May 19, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

Steel Drums, Days of Percussion, Zakir Hussain?


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on May 3, 2014 at 2:21am — No Comments

Gratefulness for This Week of Music

An intense flurry of gigs and workshops over the past week or so.  So very rewarding!  Being a full-time musician is very hard work.  This week it felt worth it, like I was inspiring people and making a difference.  Thank you so much to King County Libraries, Pierce County Library System, and especially to Gilbert Elementary in Yakima.  Also much gratefulness to all the fabulous musicians I work with when I am not performing solo.  And a big big thanks to all the young people that inspired…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on April 1, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Steel Drum Strategy for Playoffs

The Seahawks are in the playoffs!!

We all have high hopes for the Seahawks, look forward to the game tomorrow, and wish them well… but don’t let that game get stale and boring.  Why not come down to the Tillicum library for the first 1.5 hours of the game, have some fun making instruments, creating music, and dancing around, and then get back in time for the really exciting part of the game-the last part!…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on January 10, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Adams Elementary Recycalypso Fun!

I'm psyched to be presenting a workshop and assembly performance with my 4-piece band at Adams Elementary for students on Wednesday.

The band and I will be conducting my "Recycalypso" workshop for 50 minutes with the 4th grade then having a full band performance of my very interactive "Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party" show where the 4th graders will get to play their original musical creations for the entire school!

Christian Krehbiel, Isaac…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on October 7, 2013 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo Six Piece Steel Drums at Humanitas World Arts Festival... And More!

Fall is definitely here and I am looking forward to things slowing down with performances a little so I can finish a new CD. 

Oh but not just yet!  There are some really fun public shows coming up in the next few days.  And then next week I have some great private house concerts and schools shows.  Here is the information about the public shows… 



Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on October 3, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Baby Likes Steel Drums... or not?

I was performing for the second year in a row at someone's US Independence Day party yesterday evening.  So I was playing a song with my backing tracks and someone comes up carrying a very young infant.  Super cute, a little goofy looking.  The baby is looking all around and seems to be enjoying the music, or at least taking it in.  The baby didn't seem to think it was too loud or anything.  When I finished the song the baby got a little bit fussy.  I thought, "oh, how wonderful, the baby…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on July 5, 2013 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Moving Wedding

Just played at a wedding this evening. The groom was in a wheelchair. It was a lovely group and we got them singing and dancing and it was a wonderful, special time with the bride and groom's blended family all there, in addition to all of their friends. Only after did I find out the groom has ALS and probably has a short time to live. The bride said her husband really loves steel drums and marimba, both of which we had there, and he loves music…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on July 5, 2013 at 11:07pm — No Comments

The Angry Mob at the Elementary School Carnival

I faced down an angry mob of 4 to 7 year old girls today. It was terrifying! I was playing for an elementary school carnival and it was time for my break and I was STARVING and eager to get to the BBQ. That's when angry girl mob descended. There were maybe 15 to 20 of them. First they told me I was going to be grounded for 2 weeks for stopping the music. Then they decided that wasn't enough so they changed it and informed me I would be grounded for a million weeks. Then they began to…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on May 30, 2013 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Creativity, science collide at Earth Day celebration


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on April 21, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments

A Great Finish to Labor Day Weekend

After a lovely little vacation East of the mountains I am thrilled to be playing again tonight at Salty’s on Redondo Beach in Des Moines, WA. for their Monday Music Series!


Last Monday was loads of fun and the weather was…

Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on September 3, 2012 at 12:47am — No Comments

Steel Drums Mondays at Salty’s and Last Summer Performance in Lake Stevens

I’ve had so many great shows the past few weeks! And while summer is winding to a close, the bookings just keep coming. I’m happy to report two public performances in the next few days:

Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on August 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wiki Lyrics for Recycalypso Song

So I write music but really haven't done any lyric writing ever.  I know I want a song called Recycalypso though.  I would love to get ideas from folks!
Here is a recent stream-of-consciousness rambling about what the song should be about:
The Recycalypso song IS a childrens' song for the most part.  It would tell a bit about how people in trinidad had to make use of the junk they had around them and used their creativity and resourcefulness to come up with this…

Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on June 26, 2012 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

My Rhythm Trek Vacation for 2012

I’ve just returned from the Caribbean and Panama Canal on Holland America’s Statendam where I was performing and teaching steel drums to passengers. I met so many great people and they were so excited to learn about the music of the region. For a number of them studying steel drums was on their bucket list. What an honor to help them achieve an item on their list! Below is a video with a few sights and sounds from this musical adventure……


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on March 23, 2012 at 1:05am — No Comments

Teaching Steel Drums on a Caribbean Cruise

I’m out on the Holland America ship the Statendam performing and teaching steel drums. I am especially enjoying the teaching part! The passengers are so eager to get a chance to learn about and play a bit of Caribbean music, and I love to share that adventure with them. I feel like I’m in my element! It is a great chance for me also to develop a curriculum for a short, relatively informal steel drum class.

Some of the other crew members and I had a little adventure in Costa…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on February 10, 2012 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Caribbean Music at Crossroads Shopping Center

Hello Caribbean Music Lovers,

We have a last minute show that should be a lot of fun at Crossroads Shopping Center.  If you haven’t been there it is probably the coolest “mall” around.  They have a great stage in the middle of the building and have many live music and cultural events there.  We will be the opening act for their 21st Annual Cultural Crossroads Festival!
Friday, November 4th, 4pm to 4:50pm,…

Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on November 3, 2011 at 1:13am — No Comments

Caribbean Shows and New Creations for the Fall


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on October 6, 2011 at 11:37pm — No Comments

All Ages Steel Drum Shows and Happiest Happy Hours

Hello Everyone,


I have many more private events this month but only two more public ones… so I’d love to see you at one of them!  Both of these events are all ages and fun family environments.

I want to invite everyone out to what is truly one of the best happy hours in the Seattle area.  Plus it seems to be the most…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on August 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Steel Drum Party for Tweens



Yeee haw, summer seems finally to have arrived!  I’ve done a ton of really fun events in the rain so far this summer, but it was nice yesterday to perform in an all out glorious, sunny day.  The show was complete with my 6-piece band and the specially-requested 10-minute rendition of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”


I just wanted to send a quick note to let you all know that I’ll be playing a kids’ show today at the Everett Public Library.  I’m really…


Added by Ian Dobson (Drumworldtv) on July 25, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

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