Pantastic is Sunderland's Community Steel Pan Band. We are currently a 23 strong group of mixed ages and physical abilities. We play a variety of music from traditional Caribbean calypso to 50's rock 'n' roll right through to modern pop music. The band has a long and prestigious history winning awards, entertaining royalty and putting the sun into community and corporate events for over 16 years! Though we have been through many changes in that time, Pantastic is still going strong, performing more songs year on year, pushing ourselves and audiences' expectations. We are based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear but travel across Northern England and beyond to perform.

2014 update

2014 is starting with a few fun days and plenty more lined up for over the summer.  Cherry Tree Big Lunch was a super place to play where we were made very welcome and had great fun playing.   Even though we say it ourselves we sounded gooooooood!  Plenty of clapping, foot tapping and even the odd bit of dancing in the corridor.   We would love to return sometime soon and some of our older members are thinking about putting their names down for the future! ( photos to follow!)

Another Big lunch was held at Grindon CCP and local community members could just come along for a free lunch and enjoy all the facilities there including a bouncy castle, games and of course Pantastic!  There was lots of information on the organisations who meet at the centre  to let the community know what is going on there and hoping that there would be new interest in activities and events.

Saturday 14th June saw us baking in the sun (after a grey start)

Baking in the heat Pepe and Emma

Baking in the heat Pepe and Emma

at Ewesley Road Church to help their Strawberry Tea Fundraiser to go with a swing.  It was enjoyed by all with a record turn out ( over 90 Strawberry teas!) and we even stopped the traffic at the junction when some motorists at the lights were enjoying it so much they forgot to move off when they went green!!

A big well done to all band members who managed to complete the afternoon despite injuries, illness and sunburn ( note to self remind all fair skinned band members about factor 50+ even if it does turn their skin green and I hope Paul’s one sided sunburn doesn’t look strange for too long!)

Setting up

Setting up

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22nd December
Pantastic At Home

Grindon Church Community Project
Great music and a pie & peas supper
Just £5 entry and food
Contact us for tickets