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 About Us / Praise 


Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith deliver the islands to you

as Island Time Steel Drums.

Specializing in wedding cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, birthdays, pool parties, barbecues, restaurants, tiki bars,  and Parrot Head events.  

The joy these two find in performing comes through in their upbeat style whether they are performing traditional Trinidadian Socas and Calypsos, or tunes from the American Songbook! The couple have played hundreds of Steel Drum appearances together since 2002! 

The show features Scott on Lead Pan and Barbara on Double Lead Pans. They play over background accompaniments which the pair have painstakingly prepared for this purpose. The result is a full lush tropical sound created by only two musicians. This is a perfect choice when space, volume or budgets are a concern. 

Scott and Barbara both hold B.A.s in music and have years of experience performing and teaching professionally. 

Unsolicited Praise for Island Time:  

"Hi Scott, I just want to say thank you so much for helping to make our party such a success. We had several compliments on the music  and everyone had a great time; and I know that you and Barbara were the right choice with my daughter and her future husband said the Steel Band was the highlight of the night". 

Claudia MacKenzie - Mother of the Bride 

Wedding Shower - Barre, VT 

"Dear Scott, I cannot tell you the chill that ran through me when I walked up the driveway and heard your music. It was fantastic. I knew that the party had started and that all would be fine. It was! Thank you so much for being a part of our fantastic weekend. You were wonderful and so accommodating, and so easy to work with!"

Susan Chandler - Mother of the Bride

Wedding - Cornish, NH

"Matt and I just wanted to thank you both for the providing us with the BEST music for our cocktail hour. We have received so many compliments on your playing both during the ceremony and afterward. We couldn't be happier!

Deveney Gallent - Bride

Wedding - Stowehof Resort - Stowe, VT 

"Island Time was great to work with. I wish I could have heard more of the steel drums as it was hard between all of the pictures and commotion. What I did hear sounded great and people loved them!" 

Pete Spencer - Groom 

Wedding - Stowehof Resort - Stowe, VT 

​“Scott, I know that I only got a chance to see you for a brief minute as I expected, but my guests were whisked away to the Vermontropics by your music. Elizabeth was speachless in seeing that I had you guys come and set the tone for our wedding. Thank you for being a part of our special day.”

Eric MaCarthy - Groom

Wedding - Northern Lights Cruise Ship - Burlington, VT 

​"Just wanted to say thank you for an awesome job at our wedding! It was exactly what we were looking for. We got a lot of compliments on the originality of steel drums" 

Matt Morrow - Groom 

Wedding - Chapel of the Snows - Stratton, VT 

"The Entertainment this past Sunday Exceeded expectations! Having attended numerous event where a DJ wants to be the center of attention or a rock band blares so loudly that no conversation can be held, the steel drums are the answer. The guests at the birthday party enjoyed the upbeat rhythm and sound of the music you and Barbara provided, and you received many compliments. If you ever need a recommendation, please feel free to contact me, as I am now one of your biggest boosters.

Again, thank you for a talented professional performance. 

Bob Mongan - Party Host

Birthday Party - Rye Beach, Rye, NH

"Hi Scott, Just a quick not to thank you for the great music at our wedding. It was so good of you to be available on such a messy driving night. Lots of our guests complimented us on your music, and I appreciated it that people could still have conversations while you were playing. Take care, we will call you again!"

Deb Allen - Bride

Wedding - Starry Night Cafe - Vergennes, VT


"Scott,You guys did a great job! I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much for driving all the way to Potsdam! We are certainly out of the way here and I appreciate the effort. You guys sounded great and so many people made a point to let me know how much they enjoyed the music. You really made the party!  Thanks again." 

Kathryn Deuel - Events Coordinator 

Office of the President -  SUNY Potsdam,  NY

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