On May 5, 2023, the Panmasters Steelband Organization, currently located at the Van Buren United Methodist Church, 35 Van Buren Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012, will celebrate 38 years of providing Steelband music in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Pan Masters attributes its success to a strong belief in the family, outstanding support from Caribbean Organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, a determined group of excellent musical arrangers, and an experienced administrative and promotional organization, which continuously emphasizes quality, performance and good clientele relationships.
In addition to showcasing the “PAN”, Pan Masters has included in its diverse cultural activities, an Annual Pan Jamboree, Calypso Extravaganza, participating in the DC Caribbean Carnival, Norfolk Carnival and Baltimore Carnival as well as local programming at area Universities including Howard University, Georgetown University, The University of Maryland and Gallaudet College plus outreach programming at Nursing Homes and Community Centers.
Today, Pan Masters has grown to over 25 players (some being the children of the founding members), with several dozen more people being active members of the Pan Masters Organization. The organization boasts a diverse membership in both age and nationality.
Members hail from various parts of the Caribbean, or descendents of people from all over the Caribbean, but over the years several American pannists have joined the group, having learned to play at the local CAFE organization, colleges and high schools throughout the US.
- Recipient of the 2009 - Volunteer Service Award issued by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
- The 2011- North Brentwood Citizens Community Services Award; and
- The 2014- Prince George’s County Police Department Certificate of Appreciation
- The "Cora Rice Christmas Party for" Deserving Children”.