International News

May 25, 2017
FR - Le steeldrum, vous connaissez ? Si non, vous pourrez découvrir cette musique d'origine caribéenne les 27 et 28 mai pour le premier festival national qui se déroulera à Nantes. Pour fêter ses 20 ans, l'association Calyps'Atlantic et son groupe de steel drum nantais (qu'on appelle aussi un steelband), investiront les rues de la ville pour un week-end de fête et de musique.

[France 3]
May 25, 2017
For the fourth consecutive year, St Paul’s Anglican Primary School has won the coveted Pan For Blue title. The San Fernando School boys beat out nine other bands in the Primary School competition, held at the Coronation Park, Point Fortin, last Friday. The competition, now in its 17th year, emerged as part of the Borough celebrations in tribute to one of its sons of the soil, Austin “Superblue” Lyons. Each band was asked to play a selection from his vast repertoire.
May 23, 2017
USA - The sound of the Caribbean is coming to Danville as steel drum aficionado, Dr. Chad Floyd, brings his steel drum community band to town on May 27, performing at Centre College, and he is welcoming the community to join him. Steel Appeal is a steel drum academy based in Campbellsville with branches in Elizabethtown and Danville. It started in the summer of 2015, and was inspired by Director Floyd’s trip to Trinidad, where he participated in panorama — a steel drum festival. Floyd, a percussion artist, educator and composer, started Steel Appeal to get people involved in a musical instrument other than standard band instruments.

[Advocate Messenger]
May 21, 2017
UK - Children at Fernhurst Primary School experienced the fun and unique sound of the steel drums during a visiting performance. Held by the Irie Steel Pan Workshops, the performance was run by husband and wife team Junior and Marcella. They kept the children fully entertained all afternoon by kicking off with a rousing steel pan rendition of the theme tune from Match of the Day, which all the footballing fans very much enjoyed.

[Midhurst and Petworth Observer]
May 19, 2017
T&T - Cousoumeh, in layman terms, refers to the “coming together” of a number of variables in a holistic way. For the Deltones Institute of Steel Drums and Music, host of the event, Cousoumeh represents the hard work of a number of talented, home-grown musicians who themselves have been influenced by diverse social and economic histories that come out in their music played on pan.

May 19, 2017
T&T - Today's world requires mutually beneficial partnerships to leverage creativity, experience and resources. This is the philosophy behind the collaboration of five of the world's most celebrated steel orchestras in the establishment of the International Steelband Foundation. Desperadoes, Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Renegades, Phase II and Republic Bank Exodus are the Foundation's founding members. The aim of the Foundation is to develop mutually beneficial opportunities for its members and to promote more collaboration between progressive bands throughout the year. It is also the Foundation's objective to include bands from across the globe and to market steelband music, the instruments and the musicians internationally.

May 18, 2017
USA - When Cliff Alexis moved from Trinidad to America in 1965, he came with $5 in his pocket and the dream of playing the steel drum. He formed a steelband and traveled around the United States, but somehow, he still felt unsatisfied. It was only when he began teaching steelpan that he says he fulfilled his dream and found his true passion and calling in life. In 1985, Alexis joined the Northern Illinois University music staff. In September 2016, he retired from his role as co-director of the NIU Steelband. Although he has retired, he continues to perform with the band and compose and arrange its music.

[Mid Week News]
May 17, 2017
VI - The St. Patrick School Steel Orchestra are the “grand champions” of the Virginia International Pan fest (VIP) Competition held on May 13, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, announced the group on Monday. The band competed against 27 other bands from across the United States to include Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Ontario, Canada and prevailed victorious.

May 15, 2017
USA - Bringing up the rear of Tulip Times festival’s Muziekparade was the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band.

[Holland Sentinel]
May 11, 2017
UK - Members of the St Michael’s Youth Project (SMYP), home to St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra, heard the charity was dissolving in a Sunday sermon address to parishioners on April 30. Rev Ron Herbert, vicar of St Michael & All Angel in Hillside, Stonebridge, stepped down from the trust in January but continues to act as its treasurer. He said: “I’m afraid I jumped the gun. I announced it before it happened and before I should have announced it, so I caused a problem unnecessarily. It has now been dissolved. I’m not going to say more at this point.” The orchestra, which won best band at the Notting Hill carnival last year, was evicted from the church last October, where it has been based for 20 years.

[Kilburn Times]

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