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Steel Pan Jim

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About Steel Pan Jim

"JIM is one of the UK's best STEEL PAN SOLOISTS" For Weddings, Parties, Festivals, Cruises, Corporate. Also available DUO/TRIO
Steel Drummer
West Sussex
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Jim Bernardin has been performing live on his beloved steel pans as a soloist, with his duo/trio, and his award-winning Community Steel Band for twenty years, and is also one of the UK's busiest and most established providers of Steel Pan Workshops and World Music Workshops. Whether you're looking for your favourite song played on steel pan as you walk down the aisle, background music at a drinks reception, full-on evening entertainment or a memorable and hilarious ice-breaker steel band workshop activity for your Hen Party or event, Jim has a range of options and prices to offer for every occasion. Always happy to chat, Jim prides himself on being a consumate professional, flexible, responsive and caring in order to make your event as memorable and bespoke as possible to meet your needs and wishes.

Caribbean music, Latin jazz, Jazz, Calypso, Brazilian music, Choro, Cuban music, Latin, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Ska, Pop
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Cruise, Birthday party, Funeral / Memorial service
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Song list

Sample of Repertoire for Jim Steel Pan
Shape Of You
All Night Long
Banana Pancakes
Beauty And The Beast
Besame Mucho
Better Together
Can You Feel The Love
Canteloupe Island
Daydream Believer
Flor De Luna
Girl From Ipanema
One Note Samba
Hey Jude
Abba Medley
Is This Love
Kiss The Girl
Morning Dance
Obeah Wedding
Sans Humanite
Old Lady Walk A Mile and Half
Part Of Your World
Redemption Song
St Thomas
Thinking Out Loud
Banana Boat Song
Island In The Sun
Funky Fur Elize
I Can See Clearly Now
I Shot The sheriff
Jamaica Farewell
Jump In The Line
Linstead Market
Monkey Man
Never On A Sunday
Raining In My Heart
Rivers Of Babylon
Sammy Dead-O
Sloop John B
Watermelon Man
You Are My Sunshine
Three Little Birds
Message To Rudy
Ban Moin EnTi Bo
Coconut Woman
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
It Must Be Love
La Bamba
Lion Sleeps Tonight
Nay Comin’ Home
Oye Como Vas
Quando Quando
Stand By Me
Take On Me
Tijuana Taxi
Waka Waka
Yellow Bird
Billie Jean
Dolly Medley
Funky Town
Hot Hot Hot
My Pussin’
Johnny B. Goode
Movie Medley (Star Wars/James Bond/Indiana Jones)
Rocky Medley (Gonna Fly/Eye Of Tiger)
Peter Gunn Theme/Blues Brothers
Oh What A Night
Sweet Caroline
Swing Easy
Under The Sea
Happy Birthday
Jingle Bells
Little Donkey
Mary’s Boy Child
Merry Christmas
Walking In The Air
Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow
Here Comes The Bride
Hi Ho Silver Lining
Peanut Vendor
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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I use four beaters instead of two which allows me to fill out my sound with chords as well as melody. This can make it sound like more than one person playing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at a huge variety of venues from large concert halls to prviate gardens, cruise-ships to canal barges, wedding venues, stately homes, very small settings to large festivals.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have been influenced by many different artists from so many genres it would be too hard to list!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The most proud I've felt was performing solo at a presentation event in London, I played 'Soul Limbo' (the BBC Test Match Cricket music) as a play on for the entrance of Sir Garfield Sobers. Also, at a private event, when singer Billy Ocean stood and watched me play for several minutes before telling me he really liked my pan playing. The highest profile was

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm always happy to discuss changes and try to remain as flexible as possible to meet client needs before and on the day.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I am happy to provide background music between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually set up time is between 30 minutes and an hour dependent on parking and access.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I am happy to discuss personalised song choices from the list I offer.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

All equipment is provided by me, including a battery amp if needed meaning I don't have to be positioned near to mains power.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I'm happy to learn a specific song or two for an event.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£195
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£425
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From customers:

Jordan B
5 months ago, for a Corporate event in West St
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5 out of 5

Jim performed on steel pans at our travel company launch event, adding a fabulous tropical-sounding atmosphere to the proceedings. He was punctual, professional, courteous with our customers and staff and his music was exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommend him for any event.