Sea Pans founder, Vince Stout, meticulously hand crafts and tunes steel barrels to create authentic versions of steel drums (Pans). Vince, a Wilmington native, is a classically trained double bassist (graduated from ECU with a degree in music). He plays bass with the Wilmington Opera Co., several regional chamber music groups as well as jazz.
Vince became intrigued with the sound of the steel drum band, and after meeting Trinidad native Ellie Mannette, who was teaching at the University of West Va., he learned to create this musical instrument from a steel drum. No small feat! There will be four “pans” at our festival, making it a quartet!
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