Island Time Steel Band

"Island Time" is the time vacuum created by the presence of the ocean.  We hope the gentle sounds of the Island Time Steel Band transport you to your own magical place while listening to our groove-centric Steel Melodies.

Steel Drummers Gregg Charest (Double Tenor Steel Pan) and Aaron Cote (Tenor Pan) perform both acoustically, and with recorded bass and percussion background tracks, especially convenient for those on a budget or with tight space requirements.  Our Percussionist, Kyle Forsthoff, performs on a wild variety of hand percussion instruments from around the world, including the Congas (Cuba), Pandeiro (Brazil), and his primary job in the band is to serve as our "Engine Room."   

The Island Time Steel Band performs many genres, but our sound is heavily inspired by traditional Caribbean Island Music infused with the spirit and rhythm of Soca, and Reggae. Our repertoire includes many traditional Calypso songs, but we specialize in including music from popular artists like Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet, Lord Kitchener, Drake, Chronixx, Kes, Machel Montano, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, and many, many more.  

We are available for Cocktail Receptions, Backyard Parties, Weddings in/outdoors: Visit Gigmasters to book us today!

GREGG CHAREST // double tenor steel pan


Bandleader Gregg lives on the Island of Jamestown, RI, where he spends time away from his mainland job as an award winning grade 7-12 Band Director, Music teacher, and Conductor.  Steel Pan is his obsession, and Gregg enjoys not only playing, but also arranging and writing music for the pans.  Gregg performs on a set of hand-made Double Tenor Steel Pans (by Kyle Dunleavey), and custom Carbon Fiber Mallets from Malletman.  

Trained as a Classical and Jazz Musician, Gregg has shared the stage as a drummer with Legendary Tonight Show Bandleader Doc Severinsen, The Canadian Brass, Pete Seeger, and performed on Steel Pan and Symphonic Percussion with the Chorus of Westerly, and was a featured Steel Pan Soloist with the Wakefield Concert Band in South Kingstown, RI.  His music training includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education (University of Rhode Island, and Central Washington University's American Band College, respectively).  


KYLE FORSTHOFF // hand percussion, engine room