Iowa Days of Percussion Mass Steel Band Concert @ Central College
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Iowa Days of Percussion Mass Steel Band Concert at Central Hall.

Steely Pan Steel Band @ Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Educational Complex
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will present a dinner concert by Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band. The public is invited to experience Steely Pan’s energetic and innovative compositions at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex. Audience members will enjoy a buffet meal before Steely Pan’s performance of steel drum music ranging from contemporary, classical, and popular music set to pan.

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival @ Creekside Middle School
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm

Local Chicago Music Award winner welcomes acclaimed international performers to Woodstock. Steelpan artists will be traveling from Virginia (Dave Longfellow) and as far as London (Sterling Betancourt) to perform along side Chicago Music Award Winner Potts & Pans Steelband. In addition, this year honors some of the legends of the Caribbean instrument often called the Steel Drum. These legends include Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis, and Ellie Mannette. There is no other festival of this nature and magnitude in the area, and it only comes once a year.

The festival is open to all music lovers and culminates in an evening concert at 7:00 PM.

The 2019 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival (GLSF19) is the only music festival in Chicagoland specializing in the steelpan, the musical instrument from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, also commonly called the steel drum. This annual event is hosted by the Woodstock based 501(c)(3) organization, Culture, Arts & Music (

GLSF19 will feature local and guest musicians from Wisconsin and Minnesota along with guest artists coming from as far as London. Guest artists include Sterling Betancourt, Dave Longfellow, and Potts & Pans Steelband. This is a very special year for the festival as GLSF19 honors some of the legends of the steelpan community. One of the guests, Sterling Betancourt, is one of the original members of the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra that traveled to London in 1951 to introduce the world to the steelpan. GLSF19 will also be honoring the memory of Dr. Clifford “Cliff” Alexis and Dr. Elliott “Ellie” Mannette. Ellie Mannette is regarded as the father of the modern-day steelpan and has been a frequent guest of the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival going back to the inaugural year of 2013. Cliff helped to shape the NIU Steelband into one of the most respected steelbands in the world. GLSF19 is a full day of incredible music culminating in an amazing concert at 7:00 PM that features all participating musicians and guest artists.

From steelpan aficionados to casual music lovers alike, GLSF19 is sure to deliver lasting memories and leave attendees yearning for next year. No matter what prior exposure audience members have had to the steelpan, GLSF19 will make every person in the room think a little differently about the instrument and what it is capable of. For more information about the festival, contact information or to purchase tickets at a reduced price.

About Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival was created to fill the void in top-level steelpan performances and educational events in the Midwest. Imagined by two Midwest pannists, that decided to start GLSF in order to create a closer option for bands like theirs, after meeting in Virginia for a different festival. The festival is run by local charitable organization, Culture, Arts & Music. Culture, Arts & Music celebrates world diversity, transporting people to different countries through immersive learning experiences.

Steelband Spring Concert @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Steel Band Spring Concert, led by director Adam Rappel.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

This event will be live streamed. Visit for more information.

Convenient parking is available at the University’s 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps.

NIU Steelband Concert @ Music Building, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

NIU Steelband under the direction of Liam Teague and Yuko Asada.

West African Music and Steelband Concert @ Wesleyan University
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

An invigorating performance filled with rhythms and songs of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and master drummer John Dankwa, joined by students in West African drumming classes, Ghanaian choirs from Worcester, the Wesleyan Steelband ensemble, and guest performers.

Children’s Concert with Andy Narell @ Oakland University
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This children’s concert will feature OU’s Pan Jumbies (Steel Band) with guest artist Andy Narell, who has composed many classic pieces for steel band and is one of the pioneering musicians of this instrument and art form, which was invented using recycled oil barrels on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Ensemble director.

Sponsored by The Judd Family Endowed Fund.

Virginia International PANFest @ Virginia International PANFest
May 10 – May 11 all-day

Join world-class performers for a spectacular celebration of Caribbean music on the oceanfront in beautiful Virginia Beach.

Pan Camp! 2019 @ Barrels to Beethoven Education Space
Jun 7 – Aug 21 all-day

Join us for our 5th annual Pan Camp!

Pan Camp is a week-long program that takes a group of children new to the steelpan, performance, and instrumental music and teaches them steelpan and performance technique. During the week, children learn steelpan technique, performance skills, and the history and culture of the instrument, including the unique building process. Each aspect of the curriculum helps our young students to build confidence, be creative, think innovatively, and build their skills as we move through the week. Learning about the history and creation of the instrument inspires their creativity and increases their connection to the steelpan.

Our unique camp will not only teach students about the steelpan, our program also focuses on enhancing social skills and increasing self esteem, self awareness, and confidence while promoting personal expression and creativity. Pan Camp ends with a Community Showcase for family and friends.

Sessions: (Please note: each sessions takes place in a different location)

June 17th-21st 9am-12pm Community Forge

July 15th-19th 9am-12pm TBD

August 5th-9th 9am-12pm St. Edmunds Academy

Cost: $175 per session

**Scholarships available for all programs. Contact us for more information:

*Healthy snacks will be provided. Please let us know if your child has a food allergy.

Scholarships Available!

Pan Camp is funded in part by the Pittsburgh Foundation of Pittsburgh, A.W. Mellon Grant

About Us

Barrels to Beethoven is dedicated to the preservation, education, and innovation of the steelpan. Founded in 2014 by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Barrels to Beethoven provides engaging, entertaining, and interactive opportunities for the public, especially young people, to learn the accurate history of the instrument, the building and tuning process, music theory, and technique. Leigh started the organization as a way to recognize and continue her father’s work. The mission of the organization is to provide impactful arts and cultural education to the community as well as sustain the instrument. In addition to learning music theory, science, innovation, and technique, kids who participate in our steelpan education programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development.

Concert & Dine – Karibik-Night @ Linde Weiningen
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

Swiss Jungle Drummers die Top Steelband aus Dietikon/Geroldswil.

Die attraktive und moderne Steelband besteht aus ca. 15 Mitgliedern im Alter von 10 bis 60 Jahren. Die Band wurde 2007 vom Berufsmusiker Roger Küng gegründet. Der musikalische Anspruch ist sehr hoch und deshalb zählt sie zu den Top Steelbands in der Szene. Geniessen Sie einen Abend in Karibischer Ambiente und Holiday-Feeling pur.