Update on Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is coming together nicely. Some of the confirmed guest artists include NIU alumnus Matt Potts’ band - Potts & Pans Steelband, Clyde “Lightning” George, Gary Gibson, and even the father of pan himself – Ellie Mannette! With educators of this caliber, this is sure to be an absolutely incredible festival!

This festival is aimed at being an educational event for school and community bands that typically do not get a chance to hear feedback from such esteemed individuals in the steelpan world. Due to this, the NIU Steelband will not be taking part in the festival. This is a great opportunity for school and community bands to get a chance to hear from some very respected people in the pan community and also learn some history about the instrument.

The festival will feature one on one clinics with each registered band, workshops put on by the guest artists about various steelpan topics, and a featured concert at night.

This festival rivals any other education based steelpan festival in the world, and it is happening right here in the Chicagoland area! You will not want to let this opportunity pass you by, check out steelpanfestival.com for more information and like them on facebook.

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