Tropical Shores Steel Drum Band has been serving the area since 1989 with a fresh, "island jazz" sound that lends "that island feeling" to any event or festival. The unique sound of the steel drum is widely recognized as the newest accoustic instrument of our time and was started in Trinidad in the 1940's. The steel drums are hand crafted from 55 gallon oil drums and are known as "pans" which generate a "musical ping". Linda and Brad are masters of these instruments and have spent over 25 years performing and teaching the art of pan to people of all ages. Their unique form of "edutainment" has delighted audiences at hundreds of venues including the Kansas State Fair,The Brown Grand Theatre, Haven Fallfest, Hutchfest, A Taste of Kansas City, and many other events.
Brad and Linda Shores, of Haven, Kansas began playing steel drums while living in Phoenix in 1987 and then moved to Kansas in 1989. Brad teaches instrumental music at Haven High School after having served as band director at Nickerson High School from 1989-2000. While at Nickerson, he started Kansas’ first high school steel drum band, Kansas’ first indoor percussion unit, “Rebel Drums”, and Kansas' first novelty percussion group, “Stinkin’ Garbage”.
Now at Haven High School, Brad has started the Haven High School Steel Band as well as the Haven Middle School Steel Band. In addition, he initiated another “trash group” called, “The Trash Cats” which has wowed crowds at festivals, basketball games and all sorts of events. Brad has composed and arranged many steel drum tunes and continues to be a popular percussion clinician and judge in and around Kansas.
Linda has been director of music at Partridge Grade School since 2000 and has brought the art of steel drums to that school as well. She has adjudicated at many events in Kansas and performs with the Hutchinson Municipal Band on clarinet.
Brad and Linda have 3 children; Jaimie, 25; Collin, 22; and Brianne, 18; Steel drums has been a large part of their family lives, traveling and performing together as “Tropical Shores Steel Drum Band”.