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, leadership and dedication to presenting a positive performance experience.
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 steel
pannist. 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 Boston's New 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 K-12 and currently works in a therapeutic Middle/High School educating students with social and emotional challenges (15 years). 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.
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 representing the overcoming of social oppression of slavery and government. Today the Steelpan sings of freedom.
Clayton has had the privilege of performing alongside 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 opened for:
Stephen Marley, Wayne Wonder, Max Roach, The Duke Ellington Band, Bruce Hornsby, Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker, Chris Vadala, Jason Derulo and Jimmy Buffet.
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, Red Sox, New England Patriots, Sunday River's Parrothead Festival, Yankee's, World Cup Games and CONCACAF Gold Cup!
Most recently PanNeubean Steel performed for the opening Gala at MGM Springfield (Casino) and alongside Boston's Head Of The Charles Regatta. 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. Together with a few of Boston and Rhode Island's BEST musicians PanNeubean Steel delivers the BEST Caribbean Music to all of New England!