Planning for 2014 is well under way. The date is set on April 12, 2014 and it will likely be at another school in Crystal Lake. We have opened up pre-registration for bands. This is to judge interest level in the festival and see how much space we need to reserve. We are very excited to announce that we already have 5 bands interested. It is [...]
Thank you to everybody that helped make this first year such a huge success. To have support from guest artists like Clyde “Lightning” George, Gary Gibson, and Ellie Mannette was amazing! To have people like Steve Lawrie and Dr. Brandon Haskett come out to be a part was incredible! To have almost 200 people come out to a steelpan [...]
Can you believe it, the festival is this Saturday!! As a reminder, the festival will be held at Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL. The address is 515 E Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60012.
This is going to be a crazy week with a lot of driving back and forth to the airport to pick up artists, while also tidying up loose [...]
Things are coming together nicely! We are working on finishing up the programs this weekend and will be posting an electronic version early next week. Make sure to check it out and see the great things that will be going on throughout the day. Trust me, you are not going to want to miss this festival!!
We are proud to announce that WNIU has decided that our festival is something they are willing to support. It is a great feeling to have this station deem our festival worthy of their support. Thanks WNIU!
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Herald, a division of Shaw media is supporting the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival! It really helps to have support from a great paper like the NW Herald. They will certainly help get our message out to some more people and hopefully increase our attendance numbers. Thanks for your support!!!
We need more volunteers! Here are some specific jobs that need to be filled:
guest artist concierge
set up/tear down help
clinic sound recording
workshop and concert video recording
workshop and concert sound recording
information center/ticket manager
We are happy to announce that we have been able to add a small group division to the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival! This division is for soloists through 3 piece bands. Each registrant gets 30 minutes, including set up and tear down, to perform a piece for and receive feedback from Gary Gibson.
Registration cost is only $35 and includes an al [...]
Individual tickets are now available to the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival. Get your tickets here - http://steelpanfestival.eventbrite.com/
Take advantage of the pre-order prices and packages. You will not be able to get this pricing at the door on the day of the festival.
The Hampton Inn in McHenry, IL has stepped up and offered some great rates for attendees of the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival. They have even created a special webpage for booking your hotel rooms at the discounted price! Check out the page at http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/M/MCHILHX-GLS-20130412/index.jhtml