Virtual Marimba & Steelpan Festival
Dec 1 – Dec 13 all-day


You may enter marimba bands or steel bands or mixed bands consisting of marimbas and/or steelpans and other instruments. There are also SOLO COMPETITIONS for marimba, xylophone, steelpan and vibraphone.

This Festival will also act as a fundraiser for Education Africa’s Marimba Hubs programme, so that we can continue the efficient running of this programme which directly benefits disadvantaged South African marimba bands.

Victor Provost and Alex Brown Quartet @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm

Meet the Artist will be on Zoom at 6 PM ET followed by Facebook Premiere performance at 6:30 PM ET. (RSVP to receive both links and reminder)

Steelpanist Victor Provost and pianist Alex Brown co-lead a quartet that marries Jazz sensibilities with Caribbean swagger. Roots rhythms, swing, and soaring improvisations abound and the Trinidadian steelpan takes center stage as the quartet features original compositions alongside the beloved music of Chick Corea, Bob Marley, Vince Mendoza, and more.

Victor Provost – Steelpan
Alex Brown – Piano
Zach Brown – Bass
Billy Williams – Drums

This engagement of Victor Provost and Alex Brown is made possible through the Special Presenter’s Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts. Please visit for more information.

This program is presented in partnership with St. John School of the Arts. If you would like to support this program, please consider to make donation directly to St. John School of the Arts

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival @ Creekside Middle School
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is the largest educational steelpan festival in the midwest. Local and visiting steelbands come to Woodstock, IL to learn from renowned guest artists from around the world. The day-long event culminates in a world-class concert featuring guest bands and artists from around the world alongside local steelband, Potts & Pans.

NIU Steelband Spring Concert @ NIU Northern Illinois University
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm

NIU Steelband, All University Steelband & CSA Steelband spring 2021 concert, 3pm (CST).

Special guests:
Mardra and Reggie Thomas
Members of the Northern Dance Theatre

Limited seating
Due to Covid-19, please purchase your E-Ticket in advance

Live stream:


Steel Drums play patio concert @ Cornell College
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cornell steel drum bands, Toucan and Pandemonium, will perform an outdoor concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on the Thomas Commons Patio.

The concert is free and open to the campus and local community members. Audience members are required to follow COVID-19 safety precautions and encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The Cornell College Music Facebook page will livestream the concert.

The groups will perform popular and traditional music under the direction of Peter Grubisich, who comes to Cornell with a strong background as a percussionist and steel band leader. He holds a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina and is a doctoral candidate in percussion performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.

Rain date: 5 p.m. April 25.

Bethel College’s Steelband @ Luyken Fine Arts Center
May 4 @ 7:00 pm

After an enforced hiatus of a year-and-a-half, Bethel College’s Steel Drum Band will present an in-person concert on campus.

The 9-member ensemble will play outside, on the plaza in front of Luyken Fine Arts Center (in case of rain, the concert will be inside the building, in Krehbiel Auditorium).

The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the study and performance of steel drum music at Bethel.

The Steel Drum Band is under the direction of Brad Shores, steel drum and athletic band director at Bethel College.

Band members are Taylor Dashney, Edmond, Okla., Charlotte Ehrmann, Augusta, Kan., Jaxie Gerk, Holyoke, Colo., Minkinzie Harkins, Wichita, Josh Kennell, Newton, Kayla Newman, Sedgwick, Kan., Elizabeth Tran, North Newton, Laura Tran, North Newton, and Briley Young, Wichita.

Concert attenders should bring their own chairs and blankets for seating on the ground or concrete plaza.

COVID-19 protocols are in place on the Bethel campus – face coverings are required, along with physical distancing between non-family groups.

PanoGrama 2021 – The World Cup of Steelpan @ Online Broadcast
May 7 – May 16 all-day

In 2020, PanoGrama made history as the first online steelpan competition and was one of the biggest events held during the heights of COVD-19 restrictions. The inaugural event, which was created by T&T pannist Nevin Roach (Dominican-born) and streamed live on Instagram @inev88, featured 20 participants from Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, the US, St. Maarten and Antigua & Barbados. Pannists were required to perform a tune of choice from any genre, including pre-arranged/impromptu solos and variations, for the live Instagram audience, and were adjudicated by a panel of judges; Mr. David ‘Zige’ Walcott (Barbados), Mr. Ojay Richards (T&T) and Mr. Kenneth Joseph (T&T).

The event saw just over 1000 peak-live viewers (‘peak-live’ viewers refers to the maximum number of viewers watching at the same time) for the finals and reached a total of 32,000 Instagram accounts throughout the entire duration of the competition. The top spot went to Earl Brooks Jr. of Trinidad & Tobago, who played Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Barbados Power Monarch Mikey Mercer, Riddim Tribe/Monk dancer Nandi, Vincentian Groovy Monarch Hance John, and young pannist Jadon Philips also treated viewers to special guest performances, during the semifinals and finals.

Cash prizes were on offer for positions 1-3 and each finalist received an appearance fee courtesy Pan Trinbago; The World Governing Body of steelpan.

PanoGrama 2021 – The World Cup of Steelpan

This year, PanoGrama has been dubbed “The World Cup of Steelpan” and is scheduled to start on May 7th, 2021. Prelims are scheduled for May 7-9, Semis on May 13 and finals on May 16. A maximum of 30 pannists will be featured and the show’s broadcast will be expanded to Facebook, YouTube and Television. While there was no representation for Dominica last year, seasoned Dominican pannist Austin Nichols has registered his interest and is considering representing the Nature Isle among others.

What’s New this Year?

“PanoGrama will be more than just another entertaining competition. It will be an avenue where pannists can also gain knowledge and develop skills that can be used to the benefit of their music careers and personal lives” (Quote: Nevin Roach) As such and educational arm would be introduced, featuring webinars on personal/professional growth, musical development, career guidance and among other topics.

Once all goes well, PanoGrama 2021 will feature pannists from new countries such as Dominica, Canada, the UK, Grenada, St. Lucia, Cayman Islands, US V.I. and St. Thomas, in addition to those from last year.

2021 Prizes

Winner – $1000 USD, an all-expenses paid trip to perform for Sons of Steel in Canada and a one-on-one session with a world-renowned pannist.
Second – $800 USD and a one-on-one session with a world-renowned pannist.
Third – $500 USD and a one-on-one session with a world-renowned pannist

All finalists will receive an appearance fee. Other special prizes such as people’s choice and best dressed are up for grabs.


One of the major challenges is sponsorship. PanoGrama Entertainment (which is the business under which the competition PanoGrama is hosted) takes pride in professionalism and quality, and to execute at a very high standard requires financial support from businesses and companies. Donations would also be accepted. Interested persons can email to find out how they can get on board.

Continuing Charity

“Providing quality entertainment goes without saying, but another major factor that sparked PanoGrama’s creation was a desire to help. Last year we were able to make a sizeable donation to Pan Trinbago’s Social Prosperity Fund, which was started to assist those facing financial hardship within the steelpan community. I intend to continue along that vein, donating to a worthy cause.”

How Can Persons Participate?

There has been a huge buzz in the international community about PanoGrama since it first took place, and many pannists are interested in participating this time around. In light of this, a cap of 30 pannists has been set and auditions will take place between February 28 and March 21, 2021, where pannists would be invited to submit a 2-minute video of them performing an original interpretation (including pre-arranged/impromptu solos/variations) of any tune in any genre. Selections would then be made by a panel to determine who would participate in PanoGrama. Interested persons should connect with PanoGrama where more detailed information would be published.

What Would Pannists be Judged On for PanoGrama?

Pannists would be judged on their variations/solos within the music performed, the execution of the music and their overall performance, inclusive of their attire and presentation. Interested persons should connect with PanoGrama where more detailed information on the criteria would be published.

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Virginia International PANFest
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as world-class steel pan performers from around the globe come together, in a virtual environment, for this annual spectacular celebration of Caribbean music!

Hosted by Josanne Francis and Victor Provost.

Clinicians include Yuko Asada, Khan Cordice, and Tom Miller.

The Virginia International PANFest presents the 2021 Virtual Edition, featuring nine incredible steel bands ranging from middle school to collegiate level.

Join us via the Virginia Arts Festival YouTube channel for a marathon event of sweet Steel Pan music from 4pm-8pm EST. This festival will display the wonderful sounds of Blue Steel, Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, The Rhythm Project Rising-Stars, Texas A&M Commerce Panimation, The Rhythm Project All-Stars, Texas A&M Commerce Pan 2, The University of Akron Steel Drum Band, SoMiSPO, and the NIU Steelband.

Please join us along with live commentators – Josanne Francis and Victor Provost as they take us through the evening of Caribbean sounds, groovin’ bands, and a collective love for the beautiful instrument of Trinidad & Tobago.

The Virginia International PANFest is presented annually by the Virginia Arts Festival in cooperation with Live! On Atlantic. This year’s festival is proudly sponsored by Wetzel Pan Stands, Mallet Man and Augustus Peters Steelpans.


Calypso Absolut @ Kulturhof Schloss Köniz
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Mit Calypso Absolut feiert Ferrum Helveticum ihr 20-jähriges Jubiläum! Zusammen mit den bekannten Calypsociation aus Paris gehen sie in einem fulminanten Konzert zurück zu den Wurzeln. Auf dem Programm steht Powercalypso aus Bern und Paris!

Aufgrund begrenzter Tickets ist ein Vorverkauf diesmal sehr zu empfehlen. Die Lokalität im Kulturhof Köniz lädt auch zum gemütlichen Verweilen vor und nach dem Konzert ein.

Calypso Absolut @ Kulturhof Schloss Köniz
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Mit Calypso Absolut feiert Ferrum Helveticum ihr 20-jähriges Jubiläum! Zusammen mit den bekannten Calypsociation aus Paris gehen sie in einem fulminanten Konzert zurück zu den Wurzeln. Auf dem Programm steht Powercalypso aus Bern und Paris!

Aufgrund begrenzter Tickets ist ein Vorverkauf diesmal sehr zu empfehlen. Die Lokalität im Kulturhof Köniz lädt auch zum gemütlichen Verweilen vor und nach dem Konzert ein.