Skip to main content
Intellect

"PanJam" on KBYU-TV Oct. 3 celebrates family music-making

Also broadcast Oct. 19

Making music from an object once used as a signal among gangs in Trinidad may seem like an odd hobby for the family of a Brigham Young University music professor, but for the Brough family that is exactly the case.

Ron Brough, his wife Ralene and three of their children make up PanJam, a percussion group whose sound includes modified oil drums or “pans.” They have performed in a variety of settings, from intimate gatherings to a concert at the Conference Center with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

On Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m., BYU Television presents "PanJam: Brough Family Steel Band," a special broadcast showcasing both the family’s musical talent and the many ways music can have power in our lives. For the Broughs, this power is what prompted a filial foray into steel drumming. The program will also air Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m.

According to Ron, the family got involved in steel drums for several reasons. “One, we kept getting calls for performances and engagements during the months when BYU students are gone for the summer,” he said. “Two, my wife and family were tired of me being gone all of the time doing freelance work with other musicians, on top of my busy schedule at BYU. Three, we thought it would be a great family activity, and four, we thought it might be a way for our children to earn money and save for their missions or college expenses.”

“We have been very fortunate to have it all work out and have enjoyed many years of a variety of performance experiences together,” he said.

These family experiences give the Broughs a unique opportunity to share their talents. “We have four children,” Brother Brough said. “Currently only three of them play in the band.”

Robyn, 17, plays lead or tenor pan; Roger, 19, plays triple guitar pans; Regan, 23, performs on electric bass; Ralene Brough performs on the double second pans; and Ron Brough performs on drum set.

Join BYU Television for PanJam and experience the power of this unique musical experience. The program was sponsored by the Geraldine Swenson Watkins Endowment which, according to producer/director Steve Lowe, “thought that [PanJam’s] performance was noteworthy and that the message they presented was in line with what the foundation is trying to accomplish: to encourage the use of music to strengthen families and homes.”

For additional information on BYU Television and its programs, please visit www.byutv.org.

Related Articles
data-content-type="article"
July 28, 2021
A team of BYU biologists has been tracking dragonflies around the world, from Vietnam to the islands of Vanuatu. Their goal is to piece together the first-ever phylogenic tree of all 6,300 known species and their ancestors.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"
July 27, 2021
Amy Jensen, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, delivered Tuesday’s forum address. She spoke on why our bodies matter in today’s digital world. More specifically, she explained that being more intentional about how we use and where we place our bodies can help us grow and cultivate a deeper understanding of others.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"
July 25, 2021
New research finds that children who engaged with princess culture were more likely to hold progressive views about women and subscribe less to attitudes of toxic masculinity.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=