‘Tropical Groove’ on the way to a building a better body

Bethany Early

Bored with exercising to the same songs day after day? Angel Bice, the steel pan musician scheduled to play at the Kent Lanes Island Happy Hour Friday, could help eliminate the monotony.


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Bice has recently co-released “Tropical Groove,” a total body workout DVD filmed to steel drum music. Created in collaboration with Christel Best, the owner of Clackson Fitness, the video is the first of its kind.

Not only is Bice a professional musician, she is also the co-owner and director of marketing and public relations for North America’s largest steel pan drum manufacturing company and president of the International Association of Pan Enthusiasts.

Panyard, Inc., the company co-owned by Bice and President and CEO Ron Kerns, is located in Akron. It is considered one of the highest quality manufacturers of steel drums, with employees spending 120 to 180 hours to craft each instrument.

Bice, a graduate of the University of Akron, has played the steel drums for 19 years and has been a member of the Panyard team for two years.

“What I love most about the music is that it appeals to all ages,” Bice said.

For more information about the music, Panyard, Inc., or “Tropical Groove,” visit the company Web site at Panyard.com.

Contact Blossom Arts and Porthouse reporter Bethany Early at [email protected].