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THE COMPANY - Hopetown Music Inc. has been evolving and growing since its founding in 1994. Originally a steel band production company, the company soon established the Steel Drum Shop sourcing hand made steel pans from the finest builders in Trinidad.  Now, thanks to many individual and school customers as well as ever-expanding product offerings, the Steel Drum Shop is a global sales company and remains a proven leader in the steel pan industry.

THE SHOP - The Steel Drum Shop is a safe and secure online store where you can shop with confidence for all your steel pan needs. Quality Steel Pan instruments are available for worldwide shipment in addition to a wide selection of accessories and music.

Now in our 20th year in the music business, we have our own trademarked line of Steel Drum products under the Hopetown PRO and Panhandler brands.  Our pans are handmade and tuned by our experienced group of professional pan builders in Trinidad, and fine-tuned here in the U.S. before shipment to you. We only use NEW barrels made from a specified gauge of steel. Our pans are played by students, hobbists and professional musicians in the U.S., throughout Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.

You can also find a great selection of the finest steel pan accessories available anywhere. Widely known for an outstanding music library, the Steel Drum Shop is THE place to shop for download music charts for individual and multi-part arrangements.  Hardcopies are also available.

And for those who "can't play" but want to listen, we offer a great selection of steel pan CD's from jazz, rock to Bach!

WHY BUY FROM US? - Quality products and great customer service are the pillars of the Steel Drum Shop.  We answer the phone;  we return after-hours messages; we reply to every email, and we stand behind everything we sell!  We're honest, we're friendly and we want every customer to be completely satisfied.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?Are you interested in creating a steel band? Or are you an individual who loves the sound and wishes to learn this incredible instrument? We are eager to provide all the information you need and be an ongoing resource for a satisfying steel pan experience.

We have provided complete packages to school bands all across the United States.  We even put the first Steel Band into a school in Dubai! Our packages include solid planning to ensure that you receive a setup that's ideal for your unique needs.


l-j-in-coral-shirts.jpg - Larry and Janet are native Californians with an ingrained love of music, warm weather and ocean breezes. During the 80's and 90's they traveled to the Caribbean several times. They fell in love with the sound of Pan and in 1994 they bought pans (lead tenor and double seconds) and began to play. Soon thereafter they founded Hopetown Music Inc. with the goal to ensure as many people as possible were exposed to the beautiful sound of pan.

HMI is named after their favorite village of Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas