Pan Loco Steel Band

Based in Acton MA

Pan Loco Steel Band has been bringing the sweet sounds of the Caribbean to New England since 1991. We are an authentic, mixed ethnic ensemble consisting of two steel drummers, an electric bass player, and an electronic or acoustic percussionist. We perform year-round at formal and informal venues including weddings, parties, corporate functions, boat cruises, college dances and festivals. Pan Loco also performs a special assembly program for school children.

In business for 19 years, we have performed at more than 1,000 events, all the while, earning a solid and trusted reputation as polished professionals who have the appropriate look, feel, sound and attitude you expect for your event. We also love what we do . . . and this will be obvious!

The talented musicians in Pan Loco hail from Berklee College and the University of New Hampshire, and have been performing all types of music in the New England area for many years.

We have our act down pat, and the repertoire is authentic and appropriate for all ages. You won't hear top 40 songs or elevator music. Pan Loco will bring calypso, reggae and island music from the Caribbean direct to your doorstep. When you hear this music, you'll feel like you're on a slow boat to Saint Thomas -- It's the real thing!

Pan Loco Steel Band is available for all occasions including weddings, parades, private parties, school assemblies, boat cruises, college dances, festivals and corporate events.

Pan Loco Steel Band is available for all occasions including weddings, parades, private parties, school assemblies, boat cruises, college dances, festivals and corporate events.

Meet the Musicians

Bob Lucas (Co-Founder, Double Seconds)
Bob grew up in Melrose, MA playing piano, bass, and percussion, and majored in music education at the University of New Hampshire. He started playing steel drums and drum set in 1989 with the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band and performed with the group throughout Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Bob traveled to Trinidad & Tobago in 1990, where he played with Phase Two Pan Groove and Jit Samaroo. He co-founded Pan Loco Steel Band in Boston with Justin Petty in 1991 and they have been playing at public and private functions all over New England ever since. Bob and Justin arrange all of the music the band plays. Bob has also developed a steel drum history and performance program for elementary students that he has presented at schools throughout the region.

Justin Petty (Co-Founder, Soprano Pan)
Justin grew up in the city of Charlotte Amalie on the Island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where he began playing music at an early age. In 1984, he joined the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra where he played the Guitar pan before switching to the Tenor or lead pan one year later. Justin earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in 1993 and has a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Administration/Television Management from Boston University. In addition to co-founding Pan Loco Steel Band with Bob Lucas, Justin also writes for and directs several larger steel orchestras in New England including Branches Pan Groove Steel Orchestra (under his musical direction Branches won the Panorama competition in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002), and in 1999 he helped form the Crystal Panjammers Youth Steel Band on Massachusetts' North Shore and in 2002 formed the Celestial Infernos Youth Steel Band of St. Cyprians Episcopal Church in Roxbury, MA. He has given lectures on the origin and evolution of the steel pan at Universities and Colleges throughout the Northeast and the Virgin Islands and had the distinguished opportunity to perform with Aldwyn "Lord Kitchener" Roberts on several occasions..

Gerry Rollock (Electric Bass)
Gerry grew up on the island of Trinidad, the birth place of the steel drum. He received