US – Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, approximately 200 people gathered at National Trail High School on Saturday, March 7, to participate in and watch the Gathering of the Pans Steel Band Festival.
According to National Trail Director Judy Jordan, the steel band festival gave students the opportunity to work with professionals in the Steel Pan World. It also provided the community with a night of good music.
For students, the events began the Friday before, when clinicians came to work with National Trail students. On Saturday, the other bands had individual sessions working with both clinicians. All the students learn about the Evolution of the Steel Pans. There was a mass band rehearsal before dinner and then the concert began. Each band plays for approximately 15-20 minutes and the show ended with all five bands playing two mass band tunes.
Jordan considered the night to be a success and thanked all who helped make the night a possibility.