Caribe - the perfect live soundtrack for your event!
For a formal cocktail hour, beer or wine-paired dinner, or casual backyard party, Caribe will create a soothing ambiance for you and your guests. Our most popular and versatile ensemble is our TRIO. Two configurations include: steel pans (steel drums), bass guitar and drums—or steel pans, guitar and bass. Either configuration is available as an instrumental group, or with some vocal songs.
Having a smaller event? No problem!
Other options include a Solo Steel Pan musician, or Duo. We can also ramp it up for larger events, and perform as a Quartet, Quintet or more, with up to THREE steel pan players!
Where do we perform?
Caribe Steel Band now has two home bases: in Southern California and Northwest Washington State. In California, performance locations include Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties. In Northwest Washington State, performance locations include the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles, as well as the Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island, Tacoma, and Olympia areas!
Caribe was founded by Angie Tabor in Southern California in 2001, and quickly became a popular and in-demand ensemble. In mid-2016, Angie relocated to Port Townsend, teamed up with local bass player John Sanders and drummer Tor Brandes to launch Caribe 2.0. Since their debut performance in January 2017, they have been delighting audiences across the Olympic Peninsula and beyond with their fresh island vibes, performing at major events such as Port Townsend’s Old School 4th of July and Wooden Boat Festival, Jefferson County’s “All-County Picnic,” Sequim’s Lavender and Irrigations Festivals, Sequim's Music in the Park concert series, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Chimacum’s Interdependence Day Celebration, Coyle Concerts in the Woods and more. Performance venues have included Finnriver Farm & Cidery, The Pourhouse, PT Brewing Co., Disco Bay Detour, Marrowstone Vineyards, Camaraderie Wine Cellars, Wind Rose Wine Cellars, Northwest Maritime Center, Uptown Pub. They also perform regularly for private & corporate events (such as Boeing, Aegis, Schneider Financial, Industrious, etc), celebrations and weddings.
steel pans, vocals
Leader and founder of Caribe, Angie Tabor, began playing Tenor steel pan at California State University, Long Beach while earning a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance. Her passion for the sound of the steel pan and the music of the Caribbean was immediately ignited. She carried this inspiration to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a Master of Music in Percussion Performance, becoming the first steel pan player at the University.
Fast forward a few years and a few hundred gigs… In 2011, Angie purchased a set of Double Second pans hand made by Dave Beery at Dave’s Island Instruments. Because of the larger range, and added warmth in timbre, the Double Seconds have now become her primary steel pan instrument.
In the summer of 2016, Angie relocated to Port Townsend, Washington where she formed a brand new incarnation of Caribe. In the short time since, the Caribe of the Pacific Northwest has filled their calendar performing on the main stage for major events such as Port Townsend’s Old School 4th of July and Wooden Boat Festival, Sequim’s Lavender Festival and Music in the Park concert series, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Chimacum’s Interdependence Day Celebration, Coyle Music in the Woods and more. Performance venues have included Finnriver Farm & Cidery, The Pourhouse, Disco Bay Detour, Camaraderie Wine Cellars, Wind Rose Wine Cellars, Northwest Maritime Center, Uptown Pub. They also perform for private & corporate events, celebrations and weddings.
In October of 2017, Angie launched the Port Townsend Steel Bands - the first-ever beginning, community-based steel band on the Peninsula. We meet once a week for 8 weeks, learns fun songs, then perform in the community. PT Steel Band currently has 10 members, and is growing fast! Find out more about PT Steel Bands.
In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule on steel pans, Angie performs regularly on the drum set and other percussion instruments with a variety of ensembles that have taken her across the US and around the globe. She also maintains a studio of private students on drum set, steel pans, marimba, hand percussion and ukulele.
John Sanders has been playing bass around the Puget Sound for the past twenty years. Whether rock, blues, jazz, or calypso, he can be found laying down the groove. John has performed at festivals throughout the Northwest with a variety of ensembles, and has had the opportunity to share the stage with several talented musicians; NW Blues great John “Scooch” Cugno, Jazz Vibraphonist Rickey Kelly, Zimbabwe Marimba player Linc Mkwananzi, to name a few. Currently, he performs with Caribe, and is the resident bassist for the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble. He also plays Tenor pan and Jumblie Jam in the Port Townsend Steel Band. When he’s not performing, John loves to camp and snorkel in the Caribbean with his wife Heather and their son Jediah.
After 20 years of drumming around the Seattle scene with local musical favorites like Speakeasy Junction, Mark Colety' s Revolvers and the legendary Sunday Morning Music, Tor Brandes escaped to the Olympic Peninsula. Here is where you will find his rhythms echoing through the forest while playing with the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble and with Caribe .