Don Prorak:

Leader, Arranger, Steel Pans, Vocals, Iron & Percussion

Don Prorak’s obsession with steel band started with one tenor pan. Like most obsessions, this quickly got out of hand, and he now owns enough instruments for a full steel orchestra, including two sets of bass pans. Fortunately, most of them live at the Brighton Heritage Academy, where he started the first high school steel band in Colorado, and at Colorado State University where he teaches pan.

Double second pan player, leader, and arranger for Pan Jumbies, Don owes much to Trinidad, which gave him experience working with the bands Carib Tokyo, Hummingbirds Pan Groove,Phase II Pan Grove, and TLC Skiffle Bunch during Panorama and the Steel Band Music Festival.

Most people think Don has a horse trailer because of the Arabian horses he has, but the real reason for the trailer is to move bass pans around. But what would you expect from a man who named his horse “Kaiso”? (In Trinidad, Kaiso is the original name for calypso music.)

The essential elements of Pan Jumbies’ sound are Don’s steel pans and vocals. The pans and marimba blend almost magically with the high-energy rhythm section for a Caribbean sound like no other.