Raised on Cape Cod, Musician/Artist Jefferey Clayton (Music Director, Music Educator), founded PanNeubean Steel to share his passion for music. His love-passion for his Jamaican heritage and the quality of PanNeubean Steel is evident through his enthusiasm, initiative and dedication to professionalism. Showcasing the Steelpan's versatility in Caribbean (reggae, soca, calypso), Afro-Caribbean, Contemporary, Jazz, Soul, Fusion and Classical music styles is the essence of PanNeubean Steel.
Clayton's steelpan, adventure began when he enlisted into the United States Army as a trumpet player. This is where he was first featured as a trumpet player and soon highlighted as a steelpannist. After three active years in the military he obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts @ Amherst, where he concentrated on social equality in hope of providing greater opportunity for those who are less fortunate. Clayton then obtained a Masters Degree in Music Education from theNew England Conservatory of Music because he felt that all children should be provided with the chance to express themselves musically. (Clayton is Massachusetts Music Teacher Certified.) As a young child he suffered hearing loss. When he regained his hearing, music became his creative outlet. With music Clayton found his voice and many opportunities. Music has opened many doors, allowing him to view and speak of the world with broader awareness.
2009 : Army Band Musician Retired, 21 years.
The Steelpan is Clayton's chosen instrument because of its historic traditions and its uniqueness. The Steelpan originated from the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally hand-made from discarded oil drums left by the U.S. Navy, many of today's Steelpans are made for professional use. The Steelpan has become a symbol. It represents the overcoming of social oppression of slavery and government. Today the Steelpan sings of vocal freedom ************************************** Clayton has had the privilege of performing with Calypsonian, Reggae and Soca Legends: Shadow, The Mighty King Barron, Gynner, The Mighty Duke, Ronnie McIntosh, Iwer George, Rupee, Denise Belfon, Sparrow and Johnny King.
He has shared the stage with: Stephen Marley, Wayne Wonder, Max Roach, The Duke Ellington Band and Chris Vadala. He has also traveled as a Music Ambassador to Germany and the Netherlands (Holland) and performed for the President of the United States, Vice President, Colin Powell, Nets, Bruins, Yankee's, World Cup Games and CONCACAF Gold Cup!
PanNeubean Steel shared the stage with Bruce Hornsby and was the concert opener for Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker and Jimmy Buffet at the Tweeter Center, Boston, MA.
They have also been invited numerous times to play Sunday River's Parrothead Festival, at Fenway for the Red Sox and Gillette Stadium for the New England Patriots. Over the years they have played for millions of fans!. ********************************** PanNeubean Steel is committed to the music and the continued awareness and versatility of the Steelpan and its ability to provide "...An Oasis of Musical Moods...". PanNeubean Steel hopes that it's energetic, and positive attitude, empathy, esteem-enhancing approach, and professionalism serve as a model for all adults and children. Maintaining a high standard of musical and personal excellence is the key to providing an unforgettable fun and entertaining event.
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