Miami-Dade County

Caribbean family brings island steel pan sound to South Florida

Henry Potter directing Tamboo Bamboo as they rehearse for the annual "Panorama" steel band competition before the Miami Broward Carnival.
Henry Potter directing Tamboo Bamboo as they rehearse for the annual "Panorama" steel band competition before the Miami Broward Carnival. WLRN-Miami Herald News

Henry Potter was a 10-year-old in the Virgin Islands when he was first captivated by a noise from a churchyard.

“I’m like, ‘What is that ting ting ting?’,” said Potter. “So I looked in and I saw kids playing and I watched them. The next day I went back. And probably about the third day, the guy who was in charge of the band, he asked me, ‘Do you wanna play?’

“I’m like scared but I said yes. He said, ‘Well no problem, you can come, you can come and learn to play.’”

Potter’s attraction to those sounds as a child evolved into a life-long passion. These days, he is the conductor of his own steel band in South Florida called Tamboo Bamboo. To read the full story visit WLRN.org.

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