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Over the years there have been many performers and players that have entertained people at the various Disney theme parks, some of whom have almost grown to be regarded as permanent fixtures, and attractions in their own right by regular guests of the relevant parks.
J.P. and the Silver Stars were a Caribbean style steel band that spent around 28 years entertaining the crowds at the Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom. Named after J.P. Pouchet, the band's leader, they performed almost from the Pirates' opening day, four or five days each week, ending in September 1999.
The band line-up changed occasionally, but consisted of several musicians (usually 6), with 5 different registers of steel pans (the correct name for the wrongly-called steel "drums"), bongos, congas, and a trap drum set, and they played a variety of music, from Disney melodies through Calypsos to opera and jazz. All their music was arranged and/or written by their leader, J.P.Pouchet.
They also had an audience play-along and an audience-participation limbo that was very popular, and as a result were one of the most popular performance groups in the Park.