David Gettes, Owner of Trinidad North
Anyone who knows anything about steel drums will tell you about David Gettes and his band Trinidad North. Since 1985 Trinidad North has traveled the globe bringing their infectious sweet sounds to literally millions of people. They have performed in Trinidad and Tobago and toured Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica and the United States, where they continue to perform most often.
David Gettes was one of the first individuals to "study" the building and tuning of steel drums, beginning in the 1980s under the direction of the legendary "Grandfather of the steel drum, Ellie Mannette" of Woodbrook Trinidad. David became Ellie's handpicked apprentice and studied with him for 7 years learning the guarded secrets of how to build, tune and perform on all the different steel drums that comprise a Steel Drum Orchestra.
After building school steel drum programs in the United States, David and Trinidad North are performing the music that always makes people feel good. Trinidad North usually perform as a duo but most people say they sound like a trio or even four piece as the rhythms are tight, and the oversized hand crafted steel drums that David plays produce a haunting deep sound that along with that characteristic happy, high pitched steel drum sound, results in Trinidad North's characteristic rich sound.