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Caribbean Steel Pan - 30 Player Jumbie Desktop Class Pack - Budget Buddies


This 'Caribbean Steel Pan - 30 Player Jumbie Desktop Class Pack - Budget Buddies' contains 10 desktop Jumbie Jam steel pans and 20 hand percussion instruments. Also included are two books by World Music specialist Andy Gleadhill; ‘Caribbean Steel Pan Book’ and ‘Percussion Buddies’.


Using the same approach that has so successfully helped hundreds of generalist teachers to introduce African Drumming, Indonesian Gamelan, Brazilian Samba and other World Music styles in classrooms all over the UK, Andy Gleadhill’s Caribbean Steel Pan Book will show you basic techniques and warm-up exercises which cover all the elements of music.


The session guidance within will help you and your group progress rapidly through 10 weekly lessons, to the point that the class can perform a range of Steel Pan pieces confidently.


The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether drumming, choral, ukulele or any other ensemble.


The Jumbie Jam is a high quality, entry level steel pan. It is smaller than a full size steel pan and has 8 notes, which are labelled and tuned to the scale of G. A blend of simple design, durability and ease of teaching/learning makes the Jumbie Jam steel pan a fantastic instrument for music education.


The steel pan is very accessible and has both percussive and melodic musical capabilities, creating a well-rounded musical experience that children will love to take part in.

After teaching music to children for 20 years, the Jumbie Jam is the most fun method of teaching music to students I have known. Students immediately engage with this instrument and are learning the power of music before they even realize it. Even the most difficult and hard-to-reach students connect with the Jumbie and claim it as their own. I do not have any discipline issues when I teach the Jumbie.Music Teacher, West Chester Academy of Music
Click the trumpets to hear sound samples of tracks from the Teaching Guide...                              


How it's Played

The pack includes:

  • 10 x Jumbie Jam Steel Pan - Desktop
  • 4 x Tambourine
  • 4 x Bongos (African Bongos)
  • 4 x Agogo Bells - Medium
  • 4 x Guiro - Small - bamboo
  • 4 x Maraca - Coconut, pair
  • Andy Gleadhill's Caribbean Steel Pan Book
  • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book


This class pack is currently available in 2 colours; blue and purple. Please indicate which you would like when ordering.


Pink and grey class packs are not currently available and would need to be ordered as singles units.


This pack is delivered as 2 multi-packs of 4 Jumbie Jam Steel Pan - Desktop units in two boxes, and 2 individual Jumbie Jam Steel Pan - Desktop units in their own carry boxes. Our own storage solution for 5 Jumbie Jam Steel Pan - Desktop can be ordered separately here, and two of these will cover this class pack.




  • Simple and durable design.
  • No breathing control issues.
  • No difficult or awkward fingerings to negotiate.
  • Helps develop hand-eye coordination/motor skills.
  • Easy to Play - gives an immediate feeling of success.
  • Height adjustable stand built to table top mode for wheelchair accessibility.
  • Inclusive - special needs pupils can play the Jumbie Jam steel pan with the other students.

Try incorporating full-size traditional pans, bass guitar or keyboard as a supporting band.


The Jumbies Jam steel pans are in the key of G. Have a look also at the selection of teaching materials that are available under ‘Teaching/Teaching Guides’.


If you need to store the Jumbie Jam steel pans, or move them around for workshops or performances, see the ‘Storage Carry Bag for 5 Jumbie Jam Steel Pans’ for a great storage/carry bag solution.

What it Goes Well With

Originating in the country of Trinidad and Tobago, and originally made from recycled steel storage drums, the steel pan is a culturally rich instrument providing lots of opportunity for cross curricular studies.


Steel pans are also the mainstay of summer carnivals around the UK, especially the annual Notting Hill Carnival, which brings together an amazing array of steel bands from all over the UK.

How it's Made

This original, award-winning Steel Drum is designed and manufactured in the USA by Panyard, Inc., World Leaders in Steel Drums and Accessories, using a patented automated manufacturing process.


The Jumbie Jam steel pan is very well made and can be played in any conditions, but always dry and clean them after use and store them in dry conditions away from extremes of temperature. Be particularly careful not to drop or dent the pan as dents can cause them to go out of tune.


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