Registration Now Open!

We have gotten multiple e-mails about registering for GLSF15, and we are excited to say registration opens tomorrow (October 1, 2014)! We only have SIX band spots available for this year so don’t wait to register. Also, keep in mind that the earlier you register, the more money you save!

Don’t pass up this opportunity for you and/or your students to work with Freddy Harris III, Kurry Seymour, and the legendary Dr. Ellie Mannette! The opportunity to meet the man that is solely responsible for many of the innovations in pan that are still present today can be a life changing experience for anybody.

Want to register but unsure about some details? Contact us for further details and we’ll help you as much as possible.

Register here any time after October 1st.

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New Site and New Organizer!

Check out our fancy new website! Like the festival itself, we are constantly trying to figure out ways of improving the website. If anybody has suggestions on what they would or would not like to see, please let us know.

In regards to the second part of the title, we GLSF is now being organized by a new organization. This will be the inaugural year for Culture, Arts and Music and this 501(c)3 organizing is taking on GLSF15! For the attendees and participants, this will not make a difference. For the amazing people that help support the festival through their donations, this makes a big difference. Being a 501(c)3 organization, CAM is able to accept TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations!

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Support GLSF with our Silent Auction!

Support GLSF with our Silent Auction!

This year, the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is providing a great opportunity for anyone who would like to get some awesome items while supporting GLSF. A wide variety of donated items are being auctioned off through 32auction.com, and will continue as a silent auction this saturday during the festival. There are already a number of awesome items listed, such as private performances, family activities, or gift cards to local music stores. Plus – we’ll be adding more throughout the week, so be sure to keep checking! Click HERE to see what we’ve got to offer!

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Surely that image intrigues you…head to its auction page to see what the friendly Taco T-Rex is selling!

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Thank You to Jim Potts Motor Group

Thank You to Jim Potts Motor Group

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Thank you to Jim Potts Motor Group for their generous sponsorship of the 2014 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival! Jim Potts Motor Group has been a long time supporter of Potts & Pans Steelband, and was a major sponsor for GLSF2013. For those that are not familiar with JPMG, here are some links and a quick blurb from their website:

“Jim Potts Motor Group is located in Woodstock, Illinois. We are your one stop shop for Can-Am ATVs, ,Sea-DooSki-Doo, and the new Can-Am Spyder!

We have new vehicles as well as pre-owned inventory to fit any budget!

You can also shop online with us. Visit our catalogs. You’ll find parts and accessories from Western Power Sports, and manufacturer catalogs. Our “SUPERSTORE”carries the largest clothing and accessories for Can-Am, Spyder, Ski-Doo, and Sea-Doo.

Our dealership also offers full service for your vehicle , as well as a specialized service department for your watercraft! We proudly service the Northern Illinois area including,but not limited to McHenry, Waukegan, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Libertyvillle, Schaumburg and Chicago. Stop in Today!

We look forward to seeing you!”

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Thank You to The Player’s Bench

Thank You to The Player’s Bench

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Thank you to Joe Ornelas and The Player’s Bench for their generous sponsorship of the 2014 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival! The Player’s Bench Music Store is a heritage of offering different and unique instruments from around the world, so their support of the steelpan is a perfect fit. For those that are not familiar with The Player’s Bench, here are some links and a quick blurb from their website:

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The Player’s Bench Music Store offers one of the largest varieties of high quality musical instruments and accessories available in Northern Illinois. Our band instrument and PA rental programs are second to none in service and variety.

We offer private, professionally taught music lessons in a variety of instruments and styles, a full service guitar repair shop, and an extensive selection of sheet music and instructional media. Beginner or expert, The Player’s Bench has everything you need.

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Thank you A.H. Management!

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A big THANK YOU to A.H. Management for sponsoring GLSF2014! A.H. is a family run company established in 1939. Based in Rolling Meadows, they provide company’s with food, vending, and office coffee services. Catch their website HERE.

 

From their website:

Today, A.H. offers a variety of full-line services that satisfy customers of all sizes. Here is an overview of these services:

  • We design, manage and operate cafeterias for many of our market’s most prestigious businesses.
  • A.H. provides new and reliable vending equipment with quality products and full-line service.
  • We operate our own state-of-the-art, fresh food production facility, providing excellent vending items and catering services.
  • A.H. provides new and reliable equipment with complete service for coffee, water and break
    room supplies.
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GLSF14, meet Social Media

This year, we are offering two social media apps to allow all participants and audience members to get the most out of the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival Experience.

This is the official event app:

We also have teamed up with bonfyre to offer a communal picture/video sharing platform. To sign up go here. (http://bonfyre.me/1/uKHQxJFv5QANG0DhOVobW) You can then find, and join, 2014 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival. You can either sign up through e-mail, phone, or social media account. It doesn’t get much easier! Once signed up, you can post pictures/videos for everybody else that has joined the event to check out.

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Thank You Sage Products!

Thank You Sage Products!


Sage Products has made a significant contribution to make GLSF14 possible! For those that don’t know, Sage Products creates innovative healthcare products. They are also an avid supporter of the community and the arts.

Here is some information from their website:

In addition to being a leader in the healthcare industry, Sage is also a leader in the community. We derive so many benefits from the community including our labor force, vendors and customers. For that reason, it’s imperative that we give back. We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to make the difference in the lives of our customers and associates.

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Thank You to Color Me Mine in Crystal Lake!

Thank You to Color Me Mine in Crystal Lake!

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Click to book your party!

A big thank you to Color Me Mine in Crystal Lake for their sponsorship of the 2014 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival! Visit them online:
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From their homepage:

TIME TO PAINT FOR EASTER!! We have lots of eggs, bunnies, and HAPPY EASTER pieces to paint!
COLOR ME MINE offers great “handmade” gift choices and everyone loves to receive a gift from the heart! COLOR ME MINE is a great place for all ages to come and enjoy some “quality” time together. For the price of a studio fee and the pre-made bisque pieces you choose to paint, you can paint all day using our 70 colors and supplies! We will then glaze and fire your fabulous creations in the kilns we have in the studio and they will be available for you to pick up in about 5-7 days! All of our paints and bisque are lead free and can be used with food or drinks after firing.
Please check the MONTHLY EVENTS link for more information.
THANK YOU to everyone for helping us with a FABULOUS five years as owners of COLOR ME MINE CRYSTAL LAKE. We’ve been blessed with many great times and many new friends! THANK YOU to everyone-we appreciate your business!

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GLSF13 Review Video

Did you miss out on coming to GLSF13 in person last year? Here’s a quick video recapping all the fun from last year. Enjoy!

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