Heroes of Pan

Ellie Manette

 

Ellie Manette is a Steel Pan arranger, builder and tuner. He was born in Trinidad in 1926. He was the first to use an oil drum for panmaking, the first to sink the top, and the first to burn the pan to give the metal a tempering.  He spent the money moving to New York, becoming the man who brought Pan to America.

A long time arranger for The Invaders, he is credited with inventing, amongst others, the Double Second Pan and the Invaders Tenor style.

Here is an interview with Ellie Manette

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