Panyard Inc.

1216 California Avenue

Akron, OH 44314

  • steeldrum musical instruments
  • tropical island music
  • recreational music making
  • music education/special needs

Elevator Pitch:

Panyard manufactures the World’s Finest Steel Drum Musical Instruments played globally for music education, recreational music making, etc.

Tell us about your business, what inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

Co-owned by two brothers driven by & honoring their mother’s passion and dedication to music/education, fell for the sweet sounds of Steel Drums. For 27 years our team of experts have advanced the art form & developed production automation making our instruments accessible & affordable. Our award winning instruments are played globally in education at all levels, recreational music making, special needs/seniors enhancing people’s lives & introducing children to music.

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

Steel Drums are expensive due to the handcrafting requirements of building. Through our expertise in the art form we have successfully engineered automation to manufacture our entry level drum making it affordable for educators K-8 to utilize in music education & special needs. We would apply the generous FedEx grant money to develop automation to manufacture our larger pans providing accessible/affordable pans to educators (Middle Schools-Colleges) and aspiring & novice musicians globally.


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