events and parties

The majority of Ian's performances include or feature the steel drums and could be a good fit for your event.  However, Ian offers two acts that are custom tailored to events such as weddings, private parties, golf tournaments, corporate events, and many more.


For excellent, simple, instrumental-only steel drum music for your event please click on the pan leggo steelband.


Looking for more high-energy steel drums for an event, a school show, or maybe an outdoor concert? Want to ramp things up a little bit and add singing, Ian as front man, maybe some dance lessons and audience participation, a sound system, more?  Then you'll want to check out ian dobson's pan leggo.







Golf Tournaments-Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo solo is quite popular with golf tournaments.

Graduation Parties-It's great fun for all ages.

Weddings-We perform at many weddings, including ceremonies.

And any event where you want an unforgettable tropical environment!


Click here to find out availability and get a price quote


Click here to see a partial list of songs in Ian's repertoire


Previous clients

Holland America Line cruise ships in the Caribbean; Ethnic Heritage Festival in Edmonton, Canada; libraries and schools throughout the United States; Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller; Lee Oskar of the band War; countless corporate clients including Boeing, Microsoft, Google, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Razor Fish, City of Seattle, etc. etc.


Fee range

200 to 10000 USD



Ian’s solo performances combine the beautiful, characteristic Caribbean sounds of the steel drum with skillful vocals in Spanish/English/Portuguese, ukulele, electronic marimba, and percussion.  He also adds unique DJ elements and a captivating junk-percussion element, including frying pans, suitcase, and, of course, the steel drum (which is made from a recycled oil barrel).  His full bands include these solo elements plus multiple steel drum players, electric bass, drum set, and percussion.  Additional players and instruments can be added to include acoustic marimba, horns, keyboards, and additional vocalists.


What Makes Ian Dobson's Music Unique?

There are very few steel drum acts that also include singing.  Also Ian’s solo act includes a variety of instruments, so the sonic mix never gets boring!  The DJ/percussionist element is very unique, and the junk percussion element is suggestive of Blue Man Group or Stomp.






Music Style

Steel Drums, Pan Tropical, Caribbean, Latin



Ian is fluent English and Spanish and conversant in Portuguese

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