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Shawn Thwaites

Shawn Thwaites is a Trinidadian-American musician and educator from Washington, DC. His area of expertise is unique–the steeldrum, a relatively new and underexplored instrument born out of the colonial history of Trinidad and Tobago. His trademark style integrates the very best of his Trinidadian ancestry and his D.C. upbringing, intertwining jazz, hip-hop, funk, calypso, reggae, and more. This distinct sound, along with his coy style of performing, has helped establish Thwaites as a rare and sought after international recording artist, musician, and educator.

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If you Love the Soul Samba on my @swiftfm account then follow @ShawnThwaites. Great music ahead in your future. ~Quest Love
Primary Instrument

Drums, steel

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Shawn Thwaites is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and has over 15 years of experience in music composition, performance, and education. After completing his undergraduate studies, Thwaites founded Pan United Youth Movement (PUYM), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to empower underserved youth with essential life skills through music education and performance. Through PUYM, Thwaites has founded two youth steel orchestras: Virginia All Steel Orchestra (VASO) and the Washington National Steel Orchestra (WNSO)

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