US – The Pan Wizards Steel Orchestra, Steel Magic Northwest’s premier ensemble, has just returned home and is celebrating the success of its first tour, and is now inviting registrations for its August intensive camp, set for Aug. 12-16 in Edmonds.
Steel Magic Northwest is a non-profit music education organization that has a goal of teaching more than just music. According to director Gary Gibson, pan drum students learn, teamwork, leadership and other important life skills in a safe, structured environment. The group’s musical style ranges well beyond the Caribbean influence of the instrument, and has earned the organization acclaim from local and regional educators and music lovers.
A 40-year veteran of pan drums, Gibson has built the organization around enriching the lives of youth through the instrument. “There’s a gentle learning curve with the instrument,” Gibson said. “This is a chromatic-hybrid system. Our players have a wide range of musical experience. Our organization focuses on teaching and development of youth in our organization. Building on player’s experience so everyone learns things at their own pace.”