About the Band

The PanTones 

The PanTones are a local steel drum band with a repertoire that includes our own arrangements of lively calypso, reggae and pop tunes. In 2012, we won the Gold Medal for Community Bands at the Virginia Caribbean Festival in Virginia Beach. We've played at the Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, the Hyattsville Arts Festival, the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival and DC Porch Fest. We’ve also performed at outdoor concert series, neighborhood events, community pools, and private functions throughout the area. and have always been well received by our audiences. Let us bring the enchanting rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean to your event! 

We also sponsor ‘learn to play the steel pan’ workshops - a two hour program that explores the background of the instrument and will have you playing a couple of tunes on the pan before you leave. 

Please contact us at pantonesband@gmail.com if you’re interested in having the band perform at your event or would like to sign up for a workshop. 


The PanTones are affiliated with the Cultural Academy for Excellence (“CAFE”), a music-based academic and life-skills enrichment program for youth, based in Hyattsville, Maryland. It uses the performing arts as the catalyst to develop the passion and discipline for learning, leadership, and academic achievement in its young students. Several of our members are graduates of the program. All proceeds the band earns go to support this youth program. For more information about CAFE, visit its website: cafeyouth.org.