BANANA OIL PAN BAND: The Banana Oil Pan Band is a steel pan band (steel drums) specializing in Caribbean, Calypso, island, and other styles of music including well known jazz, Latin, and popular tunes all played on steel pans. We do covers by artist such as Jimmy Buffett, Santana, Little Village, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Paul Simon, Jobim, Andy Nerall, David Rudder, Roy Orbison, Harry Belafonte, Freddy Hubbert, Spyro Gyro, Jaco Pastorius, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Lord Kitchener. Most of our material has an island feel, however, we are dedicated to the philosophy that any kind of music can be played on the pans. Christmas performances on pan are especially inspiring.
STEEL PANS: Pans are unique musical instruments, developed in Trinidad & Tobago in the late 1940's. They are made from discarded 55 gal steel drums and are often called “steel drums”. Regardless of what name is used, it is the delightfully unique sound that is unforgettable. If you have visited the Caribbean, you are probably familiar with pans and the festive melodies and rhythms associated with calypso pan music. This music is appropriate for any occasion where people intend to be entertained and have a good time. Luaus, pool parties, block parties, fundraisers, art fairs and festivals, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, business or social conventions, picnics and luncheons are especially good candidates.
BAND CONFIGURATIONS: The Banana Oil Pan Band usually consist of 5 members. Two pan players (Skip & Gary), a lead vocalist & percussionist (Shea), bass (Walter) & drums (Loyd). However, we can modify this configuration to meet your desires and/or budget. We often perform as a quartet, or duet. The quartet consist of 2 pan players, bass & drums. The duet consist of 2 pan players, and backing tracks (band in a box). There is singing available in all configurations (Shea & Gary) - or - we can do total instrumental performances if desired. The size of the band is often increases, adding pan players, horns, guitars, hula dancers, etc as desired. We can, and have, provided 2 distinct bands for one performance. All of the members are professional musicians and all play in other bands. With the addition a one or two musicians, we can morph from a pan band to a blues, jazz, country, or classic rock band.
PERFORMANCES: Our past performances include:
Corporate business conventions, parties and luncheons, at Tan Tar A & Lodge of Four Seasons, Summer Set Inn - Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Sprint Employee luncheon - Overland Park, KS; Wilson's Fitness Centers Employee Picnics; Columbia Police Volunteer Reception;
International Student Festivals @ University of Missouri, Rolla; Webster University; Westminster University; Kansas University; Columbia College; William Woods University; Athletic Department Fund Raiser - University of MO, Columbia;
Festivals at Shelter Insurance Garden Series; Columbia Festival of The Arts; Fayette Ville Festival; Ferguson MO Summer Festival; Jefferson City Thursday Night Live Festival; MO River Regional Library State Capital Culture Concert - Jefferson City, MO; Warren County Fine Arts Concert Series; Twin Oaks Park Festival, St. Louis, MO; Boonville, MO 4th of July Festival; Boone County Fair; Art In The Park - Columbia, MO; Moberly Area Festival of the Arts.
TV appearances at KMOU; Hotel Opening - Isle Of Caprie - Boonville, MO.
Country Cubs in Columbia, MO, St. Louis & Kansas City area including Topeka, Lawrence and Illinois. Old Hawthorne Country Club; Columbia Country Club; Country Club of Missouri; UMC Alumni Center; Loch Lloyd Country Club; Topeka Country Club - Topeka KS
MISC: Chipotle Mexican Foods Restaurants; Missouri Arts Association; Alzheimer's Association fund raiser; American Cancer Society Fund Raiser; Downtown Optimist Club meeting; restaurants; bars; weddings.
HOW FAR WILL WE GO? Most of our performances are in the Mid Missouri area, Kansas City area, and St. Louis area. However, we have performed in Bolder, CO, Branson, MO, Carlinville, Illinois, and Destin, FL.
The Banana Oil Pan Band is based in Columbia, MO.
Gary Froeschner (Pan - double 2nd - vocals),
Shea Larsen (Vocals & hand percussion),
Skip Thompson (Pan - lead),
Loyd Warden (Drums & vocals),
Walter Beeson (Bass)