Product Code: CP-SPpb15

Caribbean Steel Pan – Percussion Buddies – 15 Set

£189.00 exc VAT

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  • KS2
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Age 5 - 16

  • Instruments 15
  • Players 15
  • Buddies 15
  • Stock: 20
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This ‘Caribbean Steel Pan – Percussion Buddies – 15 Pack’ can be used with any main instrument but is particularly suitable for use in playing Caribbean steel pan playing with the Jumbie Jam steel pans as the main instruments.

The Percussion Buddies concept is very simple: at the outset the class is divided up into pairs of ‘Buddies’. The pairs take it in turn to play the main instrument of the lesson, whilst the one not playing the main instrument is the ‘Percussion Buddy’ and plays one of the percussion instruments in an accompanying role. The buddies exchange instruments several times during a lesson so that in each lesson both pupils have time playing both the main instrument and the percussion instrument, but the point is that everyone is actively engaged throughout – there’s no ‘waiting for my turn’. The ‘Buddy Pairs’ can be the same for each lesson or pupils can change buddies from lesson to lesson at the discretion of the teacher.

The same principle can be applied to classes of any size and with any number of main instruments. If you have more than one main instrument for every two pupils you’ll need fewer buddy pairs but if main instruments are in really short supply, you might even need some buddy trios or quartets, with two or three ‘Percussion Buddies’ per main instrument.

  • This is a product image of the Caribbean Steel Pan - Percussion Buddies - 15 Pack. The products are laid out and include the following; Top  Row - Three Tambourine, Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book, three Maraca - Coconut, pair. Bottom Row - Three Agogo Bells - Medium, three Bongos (African Bongos), three Guiro - Small - bamboo.

Product Information

What's included

The pack includes:


  • Agogo Bells – Medium x 3
  • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book x 1
  • Bongos (African Bongos) x 3
  • Guiro – Small – bamboo x 3
  • Maraca – Coconut x 6
  • Storage Carry Bag for Percussion – Small x 1
  • Tambourine x 3


The teaching guide is written for non-musicians and is supported by numerous online audio clips of the exercises and pieces in the book, as well as video clips showing how the instruments are played.

Please note that for reasons of stock availability we may need to make the occasional substitution of the more minor pack components. If so, we’ll always ensure suitability/equivalence and we’ll always clear any significant changes with you in advance.


We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders up to 5kg – Courier 2 to 3 working day delivery. This would typically include books, smaller instruments, percussion baskets and djembes up to 40cm.

Orders over 5kg – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way.

Very bulky orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for very big orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date.
  2. Delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance.
  3. In some cases, where courier service isn’t available, we may need to send by Royal Mail instead.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and very bulky orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order and that there’s no commitment on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.


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A full set of hand percussion can be a great addition to an existing steel pan set up so that you can have entire rhythmic breakdown sections of your own composition.

Richard McKerron

With three of each type of instrument, solid textures can be produced, as well as interesting and exciting cross rhythms.

Richard McKerron

The hand percussion instruments can be used in a variety of scenarios and support other musical activities across all the years.

Richard McKerron

My Percussion Buddies Book will show you how to add hand percussion to ANY ensemble – not just to African Drumming. Extensive online audio and video support is included.

Andy Gleadhill

With this ad-on pack you will be able to begin to employ the Percussion Buddies approach to any Steel Pan lesson. It will help you create a wide range of musical colours and textures to you music making.

Andy Gleadhill

Adding percussion to any Steel Pan group adds layers of interest to the sound and broadens pupils’ understanding – all for very low cost.

Andy Gleadhill
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