Steeldrums (multimedia)The Steel drum or Steeldrum, more commonly known as Pan or Steelpan – is a percussion instrument family melodic idiophones. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, this musical instrument is widespread in orchestras (steel bands), typically composed of these instruments and a rhythm section of several percussion.

Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pan musicians are called pannists.

The modern pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals.

Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steel drum is more correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and so is not a drum (which is a membranophone). Steel pans are the only instruments made to play in the Pythagorian musical cycle of fourths and fifths.

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