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Dr. D is the MAN!  Exceeded our expectations, we will definitely have him back to perform at our home :)
Karina M., West Palm Beach

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From booking to performance, dealing with Donnel was the most painless element of my wedding.  He really did an amazing job.  I asked him to play a classical song from Black Swan and he played it beautifully.  My friends can’t stop talking about it, it made my day even more special.  Thanks D!
Miranda, Delray Beach

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We had an outdoor event at our church, and one of our members suggested you.  Your song selection was very appropriate for the crowd.  We really appreciated that you came an hour early, since we had to move you from where we originally wanted you to set up. Went off without a hitch, I highly recommend him!
Barb, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Ft. Lauderdale



artist page image Also known as "Dr. D" or “The Singing Panman”, Donnel was born in Trinidad and Tobago and has always had a crush on the national instrument. The Steel Drum, or Steelpan as it is known to Trinis, resonated with him from the first time he heard a note played. However, his parents forbade him to join a steelband, for fear that he would be exposed to the violent conflict that sometimes resulted from band rivalries. Consequently, the desire to play was suppressed for over 10 years.

That all changed in 2000 when Donnel migrated to the United States. He joined the Florida Memorial Steel Band at FMU under the watchful eye of Dr. Dawn Batson. Using all that pent-up enthusiasm to his advantage, he dedicated himself to the craft. He learned in the shadow of such contemporary greats as Khuent Rose, Leon "Foster" Thomas, and Freddy Harris III.

He remained with the band through all four years of college. At the same time, Donnel led the bass/baritone section of the Ambassador Chorale (hence the nickname "the Singing Panman"). Since that fateful Fall day in 2000, Dr. D never looked back.

In a way, the steel drum was his first love. He genuinely believes it makes every song sound better. Even after concluding his legal studies at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. D continued to perform at weddings and other social events, from Naples to Key West. Donnel and his steel drum are available for bookings as a solo artist, duet, or three to six member band for weddings, parties or corporate events.

Accolades & Special Features

  • Member of the 2000 World Champion Florida Memorial Steel Band (FMSB)
  • Featured soloist on the FMSB album "Live from Old School Square", on the track "Turn Your Lights Down Low."
  • Tenor Section Leader FMSB 2003-2004
  • Live TV performance on Telemundo’s İLevántate! program, July 2010 Click Here To View
  • PBS program "Artstreet Miami", December 2010 Click Here To View
    Globo TV performance with Brazilian Pop Stars Joelma y Chimbinha, for "Estrelas!", January 2011 Click Here To View
  • Live TV performance on Univision program "İSabado Gigante!", March 2010
  • Featured Steel Drummer, 14th Annual Rolly Roundup, sponsored by Rolly Marine, April 2011
  • NB In the above TV appearances, I performed along with the Pan Paradise Steel Band
  • Band Affiliations (current) - Pan Paradise, Keith and the Heat, Gypsy Lane Band