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Frequently asked questions


How many musicians are there in your group?

My solo performance features playing my specially handcrafted Double Alto Steel Drums with sequenced accompaniment. This current technology, allows me to create and simulate the sound of a full six-piece band.

Do you have a vocalist?

No, not at the moment. The reason being that most of my clients are primarily interested in the acoustical melodic and rhythmical beauty of the steel drums. This feature is strongly favored as it adds that special mood to most of the events for which I am engaged. Intermittently I use my voice as color accompaniment to compliment the instrument.

 What is sequenced accompaniment?

Sequenced accompaniment also means backup tracks. Therefore instead of having a live Drummer, Bass, Piano & Guitar player accompany me during my performance, every instrumental accompaniment except the lead [Steel Drums] is pre-recorded using hi- end sequencing modules through computer-based technology. This is created and produced professionally in a recording studio. The pre-recorded musical arrangements are then transferred to my laptop and played through a 300-watt keyboard amplifier during my live performance. Thus the sound of a full live band is emulated.

The music sample on this site is a true reflection of my live performance

Do you perform out doors?

Yes! However open-air performances require protective shading since the Steel Drum will go out-of-tune if exposed to direct sunlight.  Power requirement?  One standard electrical outlet is needed at stage area (minimum 6ft X 8ft). Your available lighting is usually adequate. Also available is my battery-powered backup system to facilitate clients who may need me to performances in areas with no access to electrical outlets.

What Genre of music do you play?

My repertoire covers musical styles like Caribbean Folk, Reggae, Calypso, Afro Cuban & South American favorites, Latin Jazz, Martinique Zouk, Haitian Compas, Calypso Jazz, Easy Listening and some Pop variety as well. Please click here to view Song list & Music Samples!

Do you travel out of State?

Although most of my work is in and around the Boston area I work throughout Massachusetts as well as Providence RI, New Hampshire, New Port RI, and Cape
Cod or for that matter just about anywhere in New England.

What kind of events do you play for?

Corporate & Private Functions, Special Needs Kids, Weddings, Fund Raisers, Children’s Hospitals, Percussion/Steel Pan Workshops, Country Clubs, Grand Openings, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Hotels, TV Soundtracks, Jingles, Anniversaries, Bridal Showers, Family Reunions, Engagements, Bar Mitzvahs, and Banquets. [The above are the events in which I specialize.]

What’s the cost of hiring you?

Several factors go into pricing: Length of performance and traveling time. Overnight stay which includes accommodation etc. Please contact for an exact quote for your event. I would be happy to discuss performance logistics and all other concerns. Thanks
for the visit. I look forward to hearing from you.



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Purpose Statement

Utilizing the Sophisticated Craftsmanship of his HERMAN GUPPY Double Alto Steel Drums. Toby performance covers musical. Styles like Caribbean Folk, Calypso, Reggae, Kaiso Jazz, Afro Cuban & South American Favorites, Latin Jazz, Easy Listening, and some pop verity as well.

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