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A pannist is a person who plays the steelpan. A professional pannist can perform solo pieces, play with a steel band, or accompany one or more singers or solo instrumentalists. Pannists often play with their respective bands in large competitions,[1] and generally memorize everything that they perform.[2]

The pannist's top position in a steelband is that of the captain while large ensembles may also include section leaders, musicians that assist the captain.[3]

Influential pannists include Ellie Mannette, inventor of several concepts in the construction of steelpan instruments and a tenor pan player, and Winston Simon, the inventor and a skilled player of the tenor pan.[3]


  1. ^ Saldenha, Robert (May 2005). "Another Look At The History Of The Steel Band No. 2 1945 - 1949". Sam's Newsletter. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  
  2. ^ Woodall, Carolyn (2008). "Focal Point: Steelpan - Playing in De Band". Diversity Now.;jsessionid=AGJCODFIOJFA?content=20040825_145033_5260. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  
  3. ^ a b "Steelband". National Library and Information System Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  


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