The group plays on steel pan drums, which originated in Trinidad and Tobago. While the members play Caribbean music, but they don’t limit themselves to that genre. Some of their favorite concerts included disco music and hits like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. “We’re one the most creative music groups on campus,” says Paul.
The Flying Pans are known for their theatrical performances, complete with costumes, lights and visual aids. Many of the Flying Pans aren’t music majors, and none come in knowing how to play steel pan. The group takes anyone willing to learn, and director Stan Dahl, assistant professor of music, teaches them how to play each kind of drum. “Stan is really awesome. He’s our best friend,” says Laura Burns, a chemistry major from Des Moines. She wasn’t a percussionist in high school, but when she saw people playing steel pan for the first time, her reaction was immediate: “I’ve got to play these.”