Island Time Steel Band
The term "Island Time" refers to the time vacuum created by the presence of the ocean. In the same way, 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 Drummer Gregg Charest performs on Double Tenor Steel Pan as a soloist, performing acoustically, and with recorded bass and percussion background tracks, especially convenient for those on a budget or with tight space requirements.
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 Latin Jazz. Our repertoire includes many traditional Calypso songs, but we include music from popular artists like Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet, Lord Kitchener, Peter Tosh, Lord Relator, Bruno Mars, and many more.
We are available for Cocktail Receptions, Backyard Parties, Weddings in/outdoors: Visit Gigmasters to book us today!
GREGG CHAREST // double tenor steel drums
Gregg lives on the Island of Jamestown, RI, where he spends time away from his mainland job as a 7-12 Band Director, Music teacher, and Conductor. Steel Pan is his obsession, and Gregg enjoys not only playing, but also writing and arranging 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. 2019 was Gregg's busiest year on steel drums, and 202o is shaping up to break that record. Gregg heads into the recording studio in February 2020 to begin recording his first solo album.
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 facebook videos (several of which are viral) have been collectively viewed nearly 100,000 times! His music training includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education (University of Rhode Island, and Central Washington University's American Band College, respectively).