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Stan “the Pan Man” Dahl has performed on the steelpan (“steel drum”) with his unique blend of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Latin, and Rock music throughout Iowa and the Midwest for over a decade.  Every time he performs his solo steelpan music, he helps transform the area or venue into an “island paradise."

Listen and relax to the "SWEET SOUNDS OF PAN" as Stan the Pan Man plays his energetic and soothing tropical music of the Caribbean for your next island/pool party, luau, festival, corporate event, or wedding.

Stanley E. Dahl is Assistant Professor of Music at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he is director of the Percussion Ensemble and the Flying Pans Steel Band.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Iowa State University where he studied with Michael Geary and Dr. Barry Larkin and his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Dr. J. B. Smith and Dr. Mark Sunkett. 

As a clinician/artist, he has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, International Association of Pan Convention, Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, and the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference. He has also given numerous percussion lectures and performances at colleges/universities, high schools and elementary schools throughout the United States and Mexico. 

He is the Interim President of the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, member of the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Committee, director of the Des Moines, IA steel band Tropical Steel and performs steel pans/vocals with the Caribbean-Funk band Jumbies.

Dahl has performed with musicians such as Andy Narell, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Liam Teague, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Ray Holman, Cliff Alexis, Chris Wabich, PANic All-Stars, Panyard Steel Orchestra, Deighton Charlemagne, Junior Gill and the BWIA Invaders.  He has also recorded numerous CDs for steelpan including his latest with the Central College Flying Pans Steel Band, Astrosteel.  

Stanley E. Dahl is a Pearl/Adams Regional Education Artist.

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