Frequently Asked Questions

How much room is required for the band?

It depends on the size of the band, but typically an area 7 feet wide and 7 feet deep is perfect.

Do you require a deposit and contract? How much is the deposit and when is it due?

Yes, we require these items in order to lock-in the booking for you. The deposit is usually 50% of the total fee and is due one week after the contract is sent to you. The final balance is due on the day of the event. Sometimes the due dates can be modified to accommodate the payroll/accounts payable timetable of the client. Please let us know of any special requests.

Do you provide music during your breaks?

Yes. We provide Caribbean Soca and Calypso while we set-up, during the breaks, and as we break-down our gear.

Can you configure your band to any size?

Island Hoppin’s rates are surprisingly reasonable, and the band would be happy to put together a show fitting any budget. Because of the band’s unique ensemble, Island Hoppin’ can configure to any size to fit your needs. Island Hoppin’ would love to work with your organization to bring the sounds of the Caribbean to your clientele!

I am interested in booking a steel drum band for my next event. Do you have a price list?

Prices vary on numerous factors (size of the group, length of the performance, location of the performance, etc.). Please contact us and we would would be glad to put together a personalized quote for your event.

Is set-up and break-down included in the performance time?

No. If you book the band for 4 hours, you will receive a 4 hour performance. We will arrive early and set-up before the start time of the event.

What is your band’s usual attire?

Our attire depend on the event. Generally, we wear black or khaki pants and a matching tropical shirt.

Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?

Yes. Special reguests require 2-3 weeks prior notice.

How many breaks does the band take during a performance?

The band takes a 10 minute break after the first hour. For example, if the performance is 2 hours, there will be one 10-minute break.

Why do you need shade?

The steel drums need shade so that they will not go out of tune. Direct sunlight damages the instruments.

I would like to make announcements and/or a toast during the event. Is a PA system available?

A sound system and microphone can almost always be provided. (Exceptions include venues that have no electricity, such as beaches and parks, and venues that strictly forbid the use of amplification). The cost of the band often includes the sound system. However, additional fees may apply depending on the size of the sound system needed and the logistics of setting up the sound system at your event site.

How many band members do you regularly have?

Island Hoppin’ can configure to any size to fit your needs. We offer everything from steel drum soloists (with backing tracks) up to a 6 piece band with vocal.

How much time do you usually need to set up?

Approximately 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the venue.

Do you charge for travel expenses?

There are no travel expenses in the Southern California area.