SHABANG! Steel Drum Band


Thank you so much for the fabulous performance yesterday. The guests had a blast, and many commented on how fun it was having you guys there. Thank you!


Really great guys, made my party feel like we were in the Caribbean! I would highly recommend Shabang and Harry Best, you won't be disappointed.

Cisco Systems

Thank you for the fabulous music at our picnic yesterday. I received many adoring comments. I will definitely refer your group to others.

Martinez Library

I just wanted to say thank you for your performance at the Martinez Library, you and Shabang were great. You have so put me in the mood for more,

Beverly Galloway

I wanted to say Thank You...for playing so beautifully yesterday, and the week before. It was a pleasure to meet you..., and to hear you perform your music. Wishing you all the best.

Valerie Jacobs

I just wanted to say thank you again for playing at Scotty's graduation party. It was perfect. I can't wait to use you again. Thanks so much.

Stanford University

Just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for performing this past Saturday at our Stanford event. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope it was a little fun for you. We should be having a Luau party in the future and would love to work out a deal for that event. I hope we can stay in touch.

Linden CA

Outstanding performance, the musicians were on time.....extremely friendly.....all of our guests loved the music......excellent excellent -- I am 100% satisfied. Also to let you know, I posted my review of Yelp for you -- 5 stars!! Pleasure doing business with you,

West Contra Costa Food Bank

Thank you so very much for being a part of our Mare Island event. Your band did an amazing job and really added to our event. We appreciate all that you do!

Thank you for the great music during our wine tasting party in May. I still get comments on the great music. We have passed your contact info onto a few people and I hope this has turned into some additional business for you and the group. I can't wait to do the party again next year and have you all back for the music. Thanks again! It was GREAT. db

Liberty International Underwriters

My wife and I are now back in the states after our honeymoon. We just wanted to say again how much we appreciated you and the group playing at our wedding. Everyone has been talking about “The Steel Drum Band”. Our family and friends loved your performance. Thanks again. Best to you and the group in the future!

Karina and Frank Johnson

Many thanks again for all you guys did! You were a huge hit - everyone loved you...Again, thank you SO much. We love you guys.

Woodside Wedding

I want to thank you and your band for the wonderful music yesterday. I missed saying good bye to you all. Your delightful, rhymthic sounds began early while Alli was getting ready, and we listened from her upstairs room. Your tunes carried us into the ceremony and through dinner and your music calmed my heart. Thank you so much. Linda

Las Lomas High School

Thank you so much for helping to make our Las Lomas Grad Night so special.

American Lung Assoc. of CA

Thank you so much for being a part of the 3rd annual Climb California...Having Shabang there for the third year is so fabulous. The steel drum music is so festive, but relaxing--it just fits perfectly with our event. We so appreciate the fun atmosphere Shabang relays to our participants. Thank You!

The Santa Clara Weekly

Musician, composer and Caribbean-born Harry Best, is no stranger to performing solo. But when he played his steel drum calypso music at Central Park last Sunday, he brought along his five-piece band. And from the hoots and howls sent up by the audience, I’d say they were quite appreciative. (See full story here:

Thank you so much...Yvonne said it was the best party she's ever been to, and your presence helped make it so. She will never forget it.

Thank you for making our wedding festivities so special and fun...your time and talent ensured that Warwick and I and especially all of our guests were witness to something truly special.

Thank you so much; we had an amazing time!

Thanks a lot for your music. Our family had a wonderful time at our granny's 85th Birthday Party. The musician was amazing. he was fun and patient. we are looking forward to doing business with you in the near future. Peace and Blessing on you and your business. Thank you again,

It was a pleasure to have your band play at our wedding. The sound of your reggae and steel drums brings joy to our new life together.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You (and your band) were great! The music was loved by all. It really set the tone of the atmosphere I was looking for. Best of all, my husband Greg was thrilled! I will absolutely be in touch with you again. (We wish you could be there every saturday night). Thanks for sharing your talents.

Paregentan Ball

I just want to thank you again, SO MUCH for providing such excellent music for our Paregentan Ball last Saturday. Shabang added an infinite amount to the Cruise Ship ambience and overall enjoyment of all of our guests. We received many compliments from those at the event, and we look forward to, hopefully, Shabang playing at another event for us in the not too distant future!!! Thank you again Harry!

Chabot College International Students Assoc.

...thank you for your wonderful performance at our 9th Annual International Night, Nov. 16, 2007. We had a fantastic night...We look forward to your continued support in the future.

Marriages, Carriages & More

We have added you to our premier vendor list! We thank you for your services and look forward to working with you in the future.

i was totally pleased and delighted with our steel drum performer for our wedding. He was fantastic! We had many favorable comments come back to us. Great job. We hope to find the opportunity to use you again!

San Francisco 49ers/E2K Sports

On behalf of the 49ers and e2k Sports, we want to sincerely thank Shabang! for participating in the 2007 49ers Latino Heritage Day. Thanks to your support we had a successful event enjoyed by over 60,000 people at Monster Park...Thank you so much for putting on a great show...I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again next year!

Thank you very much for providing such great music for our picnic yesterday. Everyone enjoyed it and thought it was a great touch.

TIBCO Software, Inc.

I just wanted to thank you again for totally rocking our party today!!! You guys were awesome! J I hope we can work together in the future…

Holy Spirit Festival

We just wanted to say thank you so much for making the Presentation Ball so special for all who attended on May 5th. Your performance lent such a great ambiance to our little bit of "paradise" that we created for our guests. Our daughter, Courtney, and all of her young friends that were there to celebrate with her, truly thought your music was magical. It will be an evening that we will never forget! We hope that you enjoyed sharing the evening with us, as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you.

IBM Office Services Team Lead

Thank you very much for a wonderful performance today. received many thank yous and requests for your cards.!!! Take care and hope to see you soon at another event.

Dream a Little Dream Events

I wanted to thank... you for your hard work on Saturday at Susan & Sean's wedding. The bride and groom were extremely happy with how the day went. Thank you for a job very well done! I hope to work with you in the near future!

American Lung Assoc. of Cal.

On a personal note, as you know, my husband and I have a baby arriving any day now- so I feel very fortunate to have been able to make witness the incredible event we created, together. The memories of this fun and successful day will remain with me over the next few months of diaper-changing, nursing, and rest-deprivation that I'm anticipating :) ... and I'll really look forward to working with you in the coming year...

radeff design studios

Thanks so much for last night. Your music is amazing and it really made the party. I hope we can work together again soon.

Tommy Bahama - Carmel

"AWESOME!!!!! Excellent duo and great smiles. Their performance was wonderful."

Sausalito Chamber of commerce

You were wonderful last night!!! The gift of your music was very much appreciated by all last night! I’ve gotten many phone calls today acknowledging what a fun night it was and what a fabulous band you were! I wanted to take a moment to let you know again what a blessing all of you were to the community last night and me.

SRI International

Your music was GREAT. We're all still dancing!

Thank you for coming and sharing in our (wedding) celebration. May our paths soon cross again.

Point Richmond Music

On behalf of Point Richmond Music, I'd like to thank you for your performance Friday evening. It was a wonderful event, and your music was perfect for the evening. Steel drums at an outdoor concert on a warm summer evening lent just the right free and festive feeling we were looking for. Please thank the whole band for a great performance.

Point Richmond Music

I just had to let you all know how much I enjoyed your performace at our Point Richmond Music Summer Concert on Friday the 2nd. Thanks to all of you.

Alameda Alliance for Health

All of us at Alameda Alliance for Health enjoyed your music and sincerely appreciate your making our event today so festive. You guys are fabulous, organized, and professional. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and associates. I'm enjoying your CD right now and staying in the island mood... :) Best regards and many thanks!

Alameda Alliance for Health

It was great having you here. Thank you so much for livening up our event...

American Hospitality Corp.

The feedback from Adobe was excellent! I appreciated the upbeat rhythms of the band. They outdid themselves to involve everyone in their music and activities...

Animal Rescue Foundation

Thank you for the wonderful appearance you made at the Celebrity Reception prior to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's (ARF) recent celebrities FORE! ARF golf tournament...Your music is just perfect for the event.

Private Client

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again for playing at my Mom's party. Your music definitely took the party to a different level of festivity! Should you ever have need of a reference, please feel free to use my name. I will galdly sing your praises.


What can I say, but thank you so much for helping us make our event so successful! Everyone raved about your music! A job well done!


"Everyone really enjoyed the steel drum gave us the motivation we needed..."

Napa Town & Country Fair

Our heartfelt THANKS to each and every one of you...Together we teamed up to put on an event that we can feel a great sense of pride in. Our wonderful theme "Party Gras" created the perfect backdrop to creating an atmosphere of fun and merriment...It has been our pleasure working with you.

Hornblower Dining Yachts

"...excellent reggae and steel drums...entertainment that was musically exciting."

Sonoma-Marin Fair

"...more than we could have hoped for...we had record breaking attendance...exceeded our expectations."

Russ Jennings Productions

"The energy and enthusiasm generated by Shabang is tremendous...People love the steel drums. That's why I bring them back every year."

Leisure Time Productions

"...the steel drum music was greatly enjoyed."

Music Critic

"...Harry has learned first hand the musical tastes of North American audiences when they are turned to listen to Caribbean steel drum music."

Post Newspapers

"...a new Caribbean-American genre."

Reggae Review

"...Harry at his best--singing...with a twinkle in his eye, and a smile on his face...He's got steel drum skills too."

earBuzz Review: Harry Best and Shabang's Caribbean collection combines about half jazz and reggae-inspired steel drum instrumentals with the other half vocal reggae steel drum inspired tunes. The record opens with "I'm for Real" - one of our favorite tunes on the CD. The music is reminiscent of Sting's "love in the 7th wave", with lyrics and singing that showcase Best's talent along with sincere background vocal work. Best sings a song of longing, 'i'm in the heart and you're in the head, so you dismiss everything that I said, if you could know the things that i feel, you'd understand I"m for real'. Track 2, "Cool de Fire", is the long mp3 here - it starts out with Caribbean mixed with suspenseful movie soundtrack flavors. .strange combination that really works - kind of Thriller meets it's reggae counterpart. The message of the song is from the object of Best's desires. .she saying chill - slow down. Track 3, "Gonna Make It", is a tune of ambition and positive thinking - wonderful production and vocal work here - Best sings, 'i'm going to make it day by day, gonna make it come what may, gonna make it my own sweet way'. Best and Shabang take a vocal break for half the tunes and feature the steel drums (steel-pan) talent of Dexter Bruce who provides tremendous character and melodic sense to the compositions. Harry Best is also credited for Steel Pans - but we're not sure who is playing on which track. Track 8, "Allez za za", is an upbeat reggae/spiritual tune that works well - listen. Overall the CD is full of consistent and pleasurable reggae music from an inspired professional.

Arrow Music Limited

"...soca meets dancehall at its best. It is hot, wet and slippery."

earBuzz Review: Harry Best's 1999 effort, "Sittin' in da sun", includes "Cool De Fire" and "Feet on the Ground" from the Caribbean CD and 6 others pieces we hadn't heard before. The CD opens with "Just You", a steel-drum instrumental snappy theme tune that sounds like a TV Show opener - maybe Best's new venture on ABC?? no? Percussion and off time snare hits along with a cool melody make this colorful tune work. We got a bit confused on track's 4 and 5 as they are in the wrong order on the CD listing - but we got it straight. Track 4, "Samba De Orfeau", is our favorite instrumental on the disc. .it has a cool keyboard rhythm that is deep and supportive. Strings are panned and barely audible - but add the birds to the sky musical tapestry. Track 5, "Rosita" is a vocal tribute to a woman Best sings of from California - marriage is part of the plan?. .Best sings, 'you pledge your heart to marry to me?, si senor, you promise to love me the rest of your life?, si senor, I love Rosita, my sweetheart from California'. Cool. Track 6, "Kaiso Reggae", is the most percussively ambitious tune - drums and machines stab all over the place while the melody sweetly takes you on its reggae steel journey. Nice representation of Best, here - .it gives a good snapshot of his capabilities and talent with solid production and well chosen compositions.

earBuzz Review: Harry Best and Shabang's Christmas album includes 7 holiday reggae steel drum instrumental tunes and 3 of Harry's vocal treatments to such songs as "Deck the Halls", "Jingle Bells", and "once in Royal David's City". Each instrumental tune features steel drums on the melody line and a rhythm section that is mixed back a bit. Drums - whether midi based or live - are not too present as the focus is put on the soloist. On instrumental, "Silent Night", the bass lines, notes, again midi or not, are long and supportive - nothing flashy - just the root, baby. On "What Child is this", the bass gets more active and the guitar (in the left channel) gets a dose of super chorus/flange. The melody by steel pan players, Best and Dexter Bruce, is active and in the pocket. Our favorite track is "Deck the Halls', as Best assembles cheer and great background vocalists (kids in there perhaps?) - his treatment of the line that includes Yule Time Treasure is mp3'd here and not to be missed. .cool stuff. Nice holiday collection for any lover of that caribbean sound.