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Lightning Jack: Island Instrumentals
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Upcoming gigs...

  • 12/15/2017
    Flipper's at The Dolphin Beach Resort - St Pete Beach, FL
     
  • 12/16/2017
    Bilmar Beach Resort - Treasure Island, FL
     
  • 12/17/2017
    Rum Runner's at The Sirata - St Pete Beach, FL
     

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Stroll across the sand to the melodic steel drum as the waves crash the distant shoreline.  Book now for a beach wedding in true island style.

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a little about me...

Hello,

          My name is Jack McGivern, I play Guitar,Steel Drum (Lead Pan),Bass,Piano,Percussion and Sing and have Pro DJ equipment for Break Music. I perform Music for Wedding Ceremonies,Cocktail Hour Music,Receptions,Corporate Parties,Clubs and Festivals.Music has filled my life for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in rural Illinois near the Mississippi River listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash and 70's rock.  At about age 15 I picked up a guitar and started playing rock and roll and then discovered blues and jazz.  I studied locally at Blackhawk College in Moline Illinois.  Later I moved to Hollywood, California to study with some of the top studio musicians in LA at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT).  From there I traveled all over the United States playing in various blues and classic rock bands.  Eventually I made my way to Florida where I finally settled on Treasure Island.

A friend had a Steel Pan, and let me play around with it. I had always loved the sound of Pan music and now after playing one I knew I had to get one. I bought my first Pan from Tommy Rey at www.Tropicalhammer.com .  My heart was set on learning the steel pan so I signed up at St. Pete College to study under Joe Braccio.  Playing with Joe and the whole SPC Steel Drum Orchestra was the perfect stepping stone into steel drum music.  Joe not only taught me the basics but also opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that steel pan can add to my music. The powder coated pans I use were custom made for me in Trinindad from Merlin Gill's Pan Shop. You can visit www.gillspanshop.com for more info. Also check out Steel drums at www.SmartyPansMusic.com . 

For years I had been writing my own songs....just recording ideas on my acoustic guitar at home.  Now with the addition of the steel drum I had finally found that perfect blend of sound that I had been looking for.  It inspired me to finish writing my original songs and start working on the production of my first CD.  In April, 2009 my debut album, Treasure Island Blues, was completed. In 2011,I finished a Steel Pan Christmas Cd "Christmas in Florida". My band went into the studio and recorded an Intrumental CD called "Island Instrumentals" and are currently working on a new original Trop Rock CD which should be finished in 2015!Playing and writing music is without doubt one of my favorite things in the world. I hope to continue making music for years to come. -Jack