Without a doubt the most influential pan figure in my life is Ellie Mannette. When the mini-disc recorder came out I spent years following Ellie around recording, sometimes secretly to make sure I was capturing the true Ellie. Through the years I accumulated hours and hours of Ellie either playing, teaching, or just horsing around. Below you will find some of my favorite clips from the collection.
I religiously watch eBay for pan related anything, somehow managing to win an auction for The Invaders- Harmony in Steel from 1963. Near mint condition with a great photo of Ellie Mannette as a young man. I recently had him autograph and date the album cover for me, realizing afterwards that he autographed the record 50 years after its release. Needless to say the most prized and cherished item in my collection. One scratch at the beginning of The King and I Medley, but besides that the record sounds as if it were never played. You have to listen to Outcasts and study Cobo Jack's solo.
37 YEARS LATER
The Invaders 37 years later in the yard playing for Ellie Mannette on his historical trip back to his homeland.
MANNETTE STEEL DRUMS SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Some of my best memories from working with Ellie are the summer workshops hosted by both UTP and MSD. Mannette Musical Instruments is hosting the workshop again and this summer's was great so mark your calendar for next year's event. I recorded almost every event I attended when not tuning hundreds of pans, below are some of the greats.