London’s Most Requested Caribbean Steel Band
Musician John Thomas formed the Carribé Steel Band, one of the UK’s first-ever professional Caribbean Steel Bands. John has performed for the most high-profile clients and is also sought after as a teacher of the instrument.
The band is available for weddings, parties, primary school workshops, festivals, summer fairs and corporate events. The musicians in the band are proud to be a part of an authentic Steel Band as John grew up in Trinidad playing the Steel Pans; all of his musicians have travelled to Trinidad to master the art.
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As he is popularly known, JT strives to keep the sound and music of the Steel Pan to be as authentic, acoustic, and organic as possible. With thousands of performances over the last few decades, the Carribe Steel Band remains one of London’s favourites and never fails to get rebooked by the same clients. The band members can perform from a trio to larger, more energetic combinations of a quartet and quintet.
John has been performing since 1976. He has performed in Russia, Germany, Turkey, Istanbul, Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago. He has performed on the same bill with Diana Ross and Liza Minelli and performed live on stage with Blondie. They perform for 100s of weddings and corporate events every year. John also gives private steel pan lessons and is an established steel pan teacher in London schools.
Children’s Party Entertainment
Carribe provides tailored entertainment for Children’s Parties, playing all the famous tunes children love. While parents enjoy the party, the children will accompany the band with percussion instruments and have fun. The band ensures to involve children and allows them to participate alongside them.
The interactivity will keep most children occupied for a little longer than expected. They will also be given a chance to play with the Steel Pans. The Carribe Steel Band is available for Bookings in London and the Home Counties for Private or Corporate Hire.
Book for School Workshops, Summer Fayres, Carnivals, Festivals & Team Building Events.
Repertoire List – The Band are happy to take on requests.
- Good kings Wenceslas
- Slay ride
- Winter Wonderland
- Jingle bell rock
- Jingle bells
All other Songs
- Spanish Eyes
- Brown Skin Girl
- Just Called to say I love you
- Island in the Sun
- Jamaica Farewell
- Mary Ann
- Yellow Bird
- Enjoy Yourself
- When you are smiling
- Liston Market
- One Love
- Rivers of Babylon
- Three Little Birds
- Don’t Worry be Happy
- When the Saints Go Marching In
- Cuando, Cuando, Cuando
- Never on a Sunday
- Sloop John B.
- Brown Girl in the Ring
- Mr. Conga Man
- Rass Mass
- For Carnival
- Too Much to Play
- Liston Market
- Girl from Ipanema
- Let It Be Me
- Unchained Melody
- Besame Mucho
- Under The Sea
- It’s a small world
- Beauty & the Beast
- Hakuna Matata
- Colours of the Wind
- La la
- Blue is the colour
- El cumban chero
- Friend we have in Jesus
- aye aye aye calipso
- Monkey man
- Danny boy
- Wedding samba
- Samba de orfeh
- Moliendo cafe
- Quando Quando
- Brown skin girl
- Hot hot hot
- How great thou art
- Swing low
- Mama look
- Never on a Sunday
- Rum and coca cola
- Limbo rock
- Mango walk
- Dayo Dayo
- Trinidad was a boat
- La Bamba
- Yellow bird
- Down the way
- Linstead market
- Stone cold dead
- Tide is high
- Rivers of Babylon
- One love
- Don’t worry about a thing
- Don’t worry be happy
- Red red wine
- You are my sunshine
- Cricket song
- Football song
- Happy wonderer
- Obladi obladah
- Puppet on a string
- Under the sea
- Fly me
- Good to be true
- Coconut woman
- C’est Magnifique
- Hernandez hideaway
- Amazing grace
- St Thomas
- When the saints
- Laughing samba
- Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
- Why do birds
- Amazing grace
- Happy birthday
- Pachobels canon
- Wedding march
- Sloop John B
- Sugar boom booml
- Unchained Melody
- Que sera sera
Testimonials & Reviews
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your performance at our wedding on Saturday. We always wanted our wedding to be a fun and relaxed Sussex country wedding with a taste of the Caribbean (to acknowledge Asher’s heritage) and you guys were absolutely fantastic in helping us to achieve that…..and it was great to see Asher and others having a go! We and all our guests absolutely loved it, and we would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
Thanks once again, and we wish you all the best,Simon and Asher Prower
Busking Style Street Food Events
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The event was fantastic thank you and I wouldn’t have been without the band. They were wonderful! So many of our guests have commented on how good the entertainment was so thank you so much.
Please pass on my thanks to the band. They were just what we wanted and made it a really special night.
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to you to give to the incredible steel band that performed at the Housebuilder Brain Game on 3 May 2018. They were absolutely fantastic, and I know there are a few more bookings coming from Marie Curie for them in the upcoming months!
Very best wishes,Leigh
I’ve been trying to post a review for John and the rest of the band who played at our party last Sunday. Would you do me a favour and post this to the appropriate web site ( see below).
Thanks for your help too!
TESTIMONIAL – CARIBE STEEL BAND – ***** 5 stars!
I wanted a steel band for our party last week, but most of them were over my budget.
I had an email from Titus who put me in touch with John Thomas and The Caribe Steel Band and I have to say I cannot thank these guys enough. I have received nothing but positive comments about the band and how it was a pure stroke of genius having them play; they really made a small garden party very special.
The children got involved and they were extremely patient and kind, letting them play the drums – this was the highlight for me.
From a cost point of view they were worth every penny and I highly recommend them.
Thank you also to Titus for his fast & pleasant response to my emails.Lynda & Dave Thompson
I want to say a huge thank you to the musicians. They made our wedding a wonderful and special occasion. Professional, punctual and a joy to work with. My guests loved the music and it was a unique touch to our ceremony.
Thank you once again and I will most certainly be recommending your services to friends.
Hi I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and the band. They were brilliant, everybody really enjoyed it. I especially liked being able to play with them and being told I was the happiest bride they had seen 🙂
Thank you again.Faye
I just wanted to get in touch to say a huge thank you to John and the rest of the band for playing at our wedding on 6 October. They were totally brilliant and helped to set the tone of the afternoon really nicely, with everyone enjoying the music with big smiles on their faces! They were really professional and helped make the day extra special. Thanks again for getting things arranged for us, and please pass on our thanks to the crew.
Best wishesSarah & Stu
Just a short note to request that you pass my sincere thanks, on behalf of all at the Oxfordshire, to the band for a great performance on Saturday.
They helped make the event a great success!
I unfortunately didn’t get chance to thank Carribe Steel so I wonder if you could please pass on our thanks for providing the music for our summer ball. They really were very good and fitted the occasion perfectly. The guests enjoyed the night’s entertainment.
Many ThanksAlison Worseley
Can you please pass a message on to the steel band. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get to speak to them on Saturday as it was a bit manic!!
They were absolutley fantastic, We were really pleased, everyone commented on how good they were. We will definately be recommending them to friends and family. Thank you all again and please send on my apologies that I was unable to get to them to say thank you.
I am just emailing to say thank you to John and the Carribe Steel Band for playing at our wedding on 30th July, and I would be very grateful if you could pass on our thanks. They were absolutely fantastic and everybody loved it and hasn’t stopped talking about them since. They were such a perfect surprise for all our guests (we hadn’t told anybody we had booked them!), and I wouldn’t hesitate in booking them for anything else we plan in the future.
Thank you so much again,Teri & Matt
Playing at a Jewish Hanukkah Event
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I am just emailing to say thank you to John and the Carribe Steel Band for playing at our wedding on 30th July, and I would be very grateful if you could pass on our thanks. They were absolutely fantastic and everybody loved it and hasn’t stopped talking about them since. They were such a perfect surprise for all our guests (we hadn’t told anybody we had booked them!), and I wouldn’t hesitate in booking them for anything else we plan in the future.Teri & Matt
I just wanted to e-mail you and say a big thank you for your steel band. As per arrangements they turned up on time, played excellent music which was appreciated by all at our event. We are all still talking about the steel band and how good they were on the night. Thank You.
60th Birthday Party
Thank you so much for making our party really special, everybody commented on the steel band and thought it was a lovely idea so a big thank you to you and your team!!!!
We will definitely be using you again!!!
Best regardsRebecca Ince
Just a quick e-mail to ask you to send our thanks to the steel band and John Thomas who played at our wedding at Orchardleigh House last Saturday (12 June). The band went down a storm and everyone commented on how great they were. We really enjoyed ourselves and were sorry we were unable to say thank you on the day.
Thanks for organising the band.
Kind RegardsMick Sheppard
I’d just like you to give the Band a BIG THANK YOU for a brilliant session at my Party on Saturday, everyone really enjoyed it and although the weather wasn’t very good they made a great atmosphere.
Hope they enjoyed themselves too.
Just to say we had our event last night and it was a roaring success. John and his team were amazing and really helped everyone get into the spirit. They even stayed at the end to present prizes to each team for coming 3rd, 2nd and 1st. It was a lot of fun and we will definitely recommend John and music for London to others.
Please let John know how great we all thought he was.
On behalf of everyone at Maggie’s, I’d just like to thank John Thomas and his band for such a wonderful performance on Friday evening at this year’s London Night Hike. They did an absolutely fantastic job setting the mood for all participants as they came out of City Hall having registered for the walk.
Likewise they provided a fantastic accompaniment for the walkers as they left City Hall and made their way along the Queen’s Walk at the start of the route. John was even keen to come back the following morning which unfortunately was too late for us to organise but the thought was very much appreciated and we would definitely book them again for future events.
Once again thank you for organising the band for us and we hope to work together again in the future.
RegardsRuth Charlton – Events Manager
I just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our party on Saturday night. Everyone loved you guys and it was a beautiful sound. You created such an atmosphere. And thank you for a very long encore!
Most possibly we will see you again in the future.
Just a quick email to say that Carribe Steel were brilliant on Saturday.
Thank youJodie Guilford
Thank you and your wonderful steel band for making our wedding day so special. They were all that we had wished for and my friends and family all enjoyed them greatly. I will definitively recommend them in the future.Regards Mr & Mrs Evans ( Nick & Maria)
I just wanted to say that the band you engaged to play at my party yesterday evening was wonderful! They played beautifully, and for the entire evening and were a delight to have with us. Thank you so much.
Best wishes,Luke Rittner
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Feedback on John Thomas at the weekend, he was excellent, great music ! Thanks for all your help & will look to refer & use your services again in the future.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Carribe duo who played for us on Saturday as I wasn’t able to say on the night. They were great.
Just a quick note to let you know that everything went extremely well at the Child Line Ball on Tuesday night. Caribbe were just perfect at the drinks reception as were the Bayswater Blasters for the dinner. Happily the guests took ages to walk in / get seated so they were treated to lots of carols from the girls, and we still managed to get them away by 8.30 which was good.
So thank you for all your help. You will be pleased to hear that there were about 200 CEO’s & senior heads of marketing from major UK Companies in our guest audience, and of course, any enquiries for either of your performers we will send over your way immediately!Again, thanks & regards- Jo
We just wanted to write to thank John and his fellow musicians for a brilliant morning at school this morning. The teachers didn’t walk around the corridors this morning, they danced. The children and staff loved listening to the steel pans and we were very impressed with the way John and the others played for 3 hours without a break.
We have ordered some steel pans that John is going to make for us, so we will be looking forward to taking delivery of those in September. I haven’t got much work done this morning because I was enjoying listening to the music too much!
Please pass on our thanks and hopefully we can book you again some time.Chris Wood, School Secretary
The John Hampden School, Wharf Road, Wendover
The band was a hit and everyone enjoyed them very much. I hope to use them and your company in the future. I am always looking for good people to work with.Sherry Klein – University of East London
Just a line to say that the Band was excellent.
Many thanksMark Jackman
Videos at Church – Church Events and Ceremonies to play along the Church Organist & the Congregation
The Story of Steel Pan – A Documentary made to feature the Steel Pan, featured the enigmatic band leader
Part 1 – Meet the Pan Man John Thomas as he takes you into his world of rhythm using an instrument many people don’t know off.
The Story of Steel Pan – Part 2
Entertainment at Children’s Parties
Carribe provide tailored entertainment for Children’s Parties, playing all the popular tunes children love .
While parents enjoy the party, the children will accompany the band with percussion instruments and have fun.
The interactivity will keep most children occupied for a little longer than expected. They will also be given a chance to play with the Steel Pans.
The Carribe Steel Band is available for Bookings in London and the Home Counties for Private or Corporate Hire.
Book for School Workshops, Summer Fayres & Team Building Events.
Booking Rates from £480.00 for 2×45 minutes with free travel within the M25 for off-peak bookings
The Carribé Steel Band was formed by John Thomas and is one of the first professional Steel Pan Bands in the UK. They have performed at 100s of Private, Public and Corporate Events. Read Reviews & Testimonials.