Dobson’s wanderlust and musical passion can be heard on his self-produced CD Caribbean Steel Drum Party. Dobson and his musicians perform exuberant salsa, samba…, reggae…, rock…, jazz (a salsafied version of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’), and Baroque…
Patricia L. Herlevi, Skagit Valley Herald
Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo is a fun and energetic band that can't help but make you happy!
Robert Smith, National Public Radio Correspondent
Hello! I want to express a sincere thank you for playing at the Olympia library today. My son was there with his camp, Camp Ausome. This camp provides care and speech services for children with autism. My son absolutely LOVED your show and music really resonates with him. He’s non verbal and sometimes it’s hard to know what he truly enjoys, but your music was a HUGE HIT with my little guy. A sincere thank you!!
Do you have any upcoming events near Olympia? I want to bring my son so he can hear you play again.
Leah, 7/2018, Olympia Library
I want to thank you so very much for performing at the 2018 Covington Days Festival. The crowd loved you. You did an amazing job with the kids and was a great addition to this year’s festival. I would like to have you back in the future.
Pat Patterson, 7/2018, Recreation and Cultural Arts Manager, Covington Parks and Recreation
Thank you Ian! You were great!! I loved the interaction with the crowd…very well done!
Cara Brown, 7/2014, Seattle Parks
It was an absolute pleasure to have you at our event again this year. You are a true professional and your ability to liven up the crowd is wonderful.
Malik Pirani, 8/2014, Chairman, Seattle Partnership in Action Golf Tournament
Hi Ian, Thank you so much. Everyone really enjoyed it – even the guests in the building up the hill! Thank you, too, a MILLION for saving the day with the microphone. Sheesh.
Safe travels – and I’ll definitely recommend you when I hear of someone wanting to hear some excellent music.
Stacey Genzlinger, 8/2014, Events Manager, Providence St. Peter Foundation, Olympia, WA
Hi, I just loved your performance yesterday. It was so full of energy! I felt so uplifted. You engaged the audience beautifully. We received good feed back. You are so talented. Thanks so much. Sincerely, Bonnie
Bonnie Komar, 10/2013, Federal Way Women's Club
Thanks Ian - Everyone had a wonderful time and you were a huge hit. Thank you for contributing so much fun to our day... I'd love to have you at all out parties! Thanks again!
Lisa Thompson, 8/2013, Bride, Arlington, WA
Thank you so much for providing the music for our Evening in the Garden. We had many very positive comments about your music and we were all very pleased that you could join us.
Your music added just the right touch to our jungle theme this year. We would highly recommend you to others as a performer that will add just the right touch to a party or other event.
Katie Swickard, 8/2013, Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Thanks Ian – we had a blast and having you at the party was the extra special bonus I was hoping for!
Jaime Quick, 6/2013, Backyard Birthday Party, Ballard, WA
I wanted to write and thank you for providing a delightful evening for the supper club and for the dining room help staff. You have been one of the most popular entertainers we have ever had. Everyone is commenting. They loved the steel drums, all the audience involvement. Going under the bar was a real hit. One of our members is in his nineties and has suffered with skin cancer about the head and face. He has skin grafts to the point that he looks grotesque but his spirit shines through and he is very animated and loved.
About ten feet away from the bar he began to sway and swing, holding onto his cane for balance and he danced his way up and under the bar, smiling and laughing all the way. It was terrific to see him so happy and involved.
Many have asked to have you booked again. The owner of the restaurant told me that they have had steel drummers entertain in the dining room before but it was never a hit until you arrived.
We will certainly book you again! Many thanks for a great evening of music and sharing yourself. I can close my eyes and still hear the steel drums playing.
Leah Star, 9/27/2012, Panorama Village Supper Club, Lacey, WA
Fantastic performance last summer!
Kirstin Muelle, youth services librarian for Downtown Bremerton Library in Kitsap Regional Libraries, 9/2012, Bremerton, WA
Everyone is still talking about you. Your performance and ability to engage the kiddos is a rare gift. I can't thank you enough. And yes, my little daughter plays your CD regularly ever since you played for her 4th birthday almost 4 years as ago! Hope to make it to one of your shows soon!
Claudia Kester, Parent Volunteer, Thoreau Elementary PTA
Thanks for your adaptability and professionalism Ian. It's a pleasure working with folks like you who share so much passion for what they do! Great job!
Karry Williquette, Longview Recreation, Longview, WA
You sir are an outstanding performer who can grab the kids and crowds attention at any time. It truly does take a lot as a musician and individual to keep the crowd fully engaged the entire time and YOU do that with out a hitch GREAT JOB !!!!!!
Boone Wallace, Owner & Videographer, Boone Videography, Longview, WA
Thank you so much for being involved in our International Dinner this year! We really enjoyed how you were able to connect the theme of our dinner to your performance. We could not have had a better performer to end our dinner! ... I look forward to seeing you perform again at different events on our campus!
Dolly Chan, Programming Assistant, International Student Center, Seattle University, 2/2013, Seattle, WA
Absolutely first class-on time, good equipment, great talent, good song list, very flexible with multiple locations during our fundraiser. His music contributed greatly to the success of our event, and the 200 people in the room could not stop moving to the beat!
Jim M, 4/30/2011, Fundraiser, Port Townsend, WA
Ian was the highlight of our 21st Annual Luau! He went above and beyond to get our most challanging residents involved and to participate. He was very accommodating with all our special requests. I believe this will be an event that will be talked about for a long time. One of the comments I have heard is that this was "the best luau we have ever had", Ian helped make that goal a reality. I would love to work with him again.I would stongly recommend him for any event!
Annarae J, 8/20/2010, Luau Party, Hoquiam, WA
Ian Dobson and his associates where very professional and provided a wonderful performance enjoyed by our entire staff. Ian's band provided the perfect ambiance to pull the entire event together. Ian customized his performance to our hospital. The feedback from our staff was they Ian and his band were one of the best parts about the entire event. I would recommend Ian to anyone that would like a complete package of an interactive band, that sounds like you are in paradise sitting on the beach. Thank you.
Danielle L, 7/24/2008, Corporate Function, Tacoma, WA