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.

8th Annual Education Africa International Marimba & Steelpan Festival @ St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

This year, close on 90 different schools and institutions will be descending for the eighth Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival and will see over 2000 participants with kids travelling from as far as Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nigeria,” says Joan Lithgow, Marimba Specialist and Director of the International Marimba and Steelpan.

Education Africa launched its International Marimba and Steelpan Festival (The Festival) in 2012 to create an awareness worldwide of the educational value that marimba playing has while also creating an international platform for our marimba and steelpan players in South Africa to perform on.”

The Festival has become one of the largest of its kind in the world and takes place annually in Boksburg over a period of two days. It is fully inclusive and caters for people from all walks of life including deaf and special needs bands. Over the weekend, marimba and steelpan bands take part in various competitions divided into age sections and various categories. A prominent feature at The Festival includes fringe events which feature guest performances and approximately 90 workshops.

“500 disadvantaged children are also being looked after over the weekend, with The Festival sponsoring meals, some accommodation and transport,” says Lithgow.

In order to facilitate the tightly timed competitions, two sets of adjudicators have been selected with each including international and extensive local experience. Adjudicators include five-time Grammy ballot-nominee, Jason “Malletman” Taylor, Sasha Sonnbichler, Nobathembu Yvonne Raedane, Naledi award winning Musical Director, conductor, arranger, composer and educator, Eddie Clayton, Mokale Koapeng and SAMRO award winning composer, Dave Reynolds.

The Festival comprises six sections for Primary Schools, High Schools and Open Bands split between small and large ensembles and within each, a number of categories include Battle of the Bands, In the Mix, Strictly Classical and Proudly South African/African Prestige Bands.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors, especially Business Arts SA (BASA) and the SAMRO FOUNDATION for their continued support. We’d also like to thank the educators and we applaud the considerable effort and hours of learning and practice that each musician has put into their instrument of choice,” concludes Lithgow. “We look forward to another spectacular weekend of incredible music, learning, friendship and camaraderie.”

A Celebration of Emancipation @ The Little Carib Theatre
Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm

The King of Calypso is coming home for Emacipation Day! The Carib’s next big fundraiser features David Rudder LIVE, plus star panist Johann Chuckaree and his dynamic sister, Johanna Chuckaree bringing her own energy to the evening on the keys.

Ontario Pan Alive Show Competition @ Allan Lamport Stadium
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm

Percussion and steelpan presented by Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the Ontario Steelband Association.

Steelband Educators Workshop @ Exodus Panyard
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day

Join us for a 3-day hands-on workshop at Exodus’ Panyard. Learn how to practically apply music theory to improvication, composition and music-making. Guide your students toward a lifetime of making, composing and playing music of their choice. Featuring: Dr. Kim Johnson, Vanessa Headley M. M., Malika Green M. M., Atiba Williams M. M.

Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Festival @ Emslie Horniman's Pleasance
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A day long music festival celebrating the pioneers of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Renegades Steel Orchestra – The Big Bach @ Rendsburg, NordArt Carlshütte
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm

Das Renegades Steel Orchestra unter der Leitung von Desmond Waithe spielt Bach-Hits mit Calypso-Zauber.

Bach ist universal und hat Künstler durch alle Jahrhunderte dazu angeregt, sich schöpferisch mit ihm auseinanderzusetzen. Das SHMF begibt sich auf eine spannende Erkundungsreise durch das Laboratorium der kreativen Prozesse.
»Nicht Bach, sondern Meer sollte er heißen«, soll Beethoven gesagt haben, und Robert Schumann konstatierte: »Bach’en ist meiner Ueberzeugung überhaupt nicht beizukommen; er ist incommensurabel«. Der »alte« Bach« war spätestens seit Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts immer auch der große Bach. Heute wird er so viel gespielt, dass es schwer ist, ihn noch mal neu zu entdecken. Genau das versucht das SHMF mit seiner Konzertreihe »The Big Bach«. Hauptdarsteller sind dabei nicht die Stars der Alte-Musik-Szene, sondern eine Steel Band aus Trinidad und Tobago, die einige der beliebtesten Bach-Stücke auf ungewöhnlichem Instrumentarium präsentiert, ein Saxophonquartett, das unter anderem das »Italienische Konzert« aufpoliert, und ein großes Orchester, das die sinfonischen Dimensionen des Thomaskantors erfahrbar macht. Eine besondere Rolle spielt zudem der ungewöhnliche Ort, das Kunstwerk Carlshütte, eine stillgelegte Eisengießerei mit ihrer monumentalen Fabrikarchitektur. Diese Fabrikhalle bildet den architektonischen Rahmen für eine Neubegegnung mit der Musik Bachs in einem nicht durch »Hörtraditionen« vordefinierten Raum. Der Zuhörer wird durch die Präsentationsform wieder für die Kunst Bachs sensibilisiert, indem er im vermeintlich Altbekannten neue Hörerlebnisse geboten bekommt.

Das Projekt »The Big Bach« wird gefördert durch die ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg.

Steelband Rafzerfeld @ Freibad Rafz/Wil
Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm

Konzert der Steelband Rafzerfeld, ab 18:00 Uhr gibt es Thai-Curry im Reisring. Findet nur bei trockener Witterung statt.

Extempo Steelband @ Restaurant Goldenberg
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Extempo Steelband auf der Terrasse des Restaurants Goldenberg. Nur bei trockener Witterung. Auskunft über Durchführung gibt das Restaurant ab 14.30 Uhr. Reservation empfohlen.

Extempo Steelband @ Restaurant Goldenberg
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Extempo Steelband auf der Terrasse des Restaurants Goldenberg. Nur bei trockener Witterung. Auskunft über Durchführung gibt das Restaurant ab 14.30 Uhr. Reservation empfohlen.