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What’s Going On?

Band Spots are FULL!

That’s right, all 6 band positions are filled! Did your band miss the chance to sign up? Don’t worry, YOU can still come!

Sign up for a solo/small ensemble clinic and take advantage of one of the incredible guest artists coming to GLSF14. Don’t have something prepared for a clinic? No worries! You can also register to take part in the mass band. Don’t miss out on playing with a 60+ steelband on an original composition by Gary Gibson!

Moral of the story – sign up here!


GLSF14 is Filling Up!

There are only 2 spots still available for band registration. That’s right, we are 5 months out and we are already almost full! If you haven’t registered yet, make sure to do so by going to http://steelpanfestival.com/registration/ and filling out the form.

Don’t forget that you can also register soloists and small ensembles. We want every panist to be able to benefit from this great festival regardless of if they have a big band they play with. Also, it’s worth mentioning that small groups and soloists will also have the opportunity to take part in the mass band!!

Make sure to sign up before January 1st and you could save up to $200!!!


Progress is being made!

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 looking like we only have room for 6 bands this year, so make sure to contact us if you would like to be a part of the festival this year.

The format will stay about the same as it was last year. We will have individual band clinics, solo/small ensemble clinics, 5 specialized workshops, and an incredible concert at night.

Special guests are not set, but some of our options include Ellie Mannette, Gary Gibson, Tracy Thornton, Kurry Seymour, Dave Gerhart, Freddy Harris III and more! With names like that are interested in coming out, you know this is going to be another great year!! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have and don’t forget to pre-register ASAP to reserve yourself that final position!

Year One Was A Huge Success!!

Year One Was A Huge Success!!

great_lakes_steelpan_festival_concert_gary_gibson_steve_lawrie_matt_pottsThank 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 concert in Crystal Lake, IL was phenomenal!!

To put things in perspective, in the time span of just over a year, the steelpan has gone from being a completely unfamiliar instrument to the residents of Crystal Lake to drawing a crowd of nearly 200! The steelpan is a truly amazing instrument and this festival showed how it can work it’s way into communities around the world. Although the weather, and other circumstances, prevented some people from making the journey out to Crystal Lake, this first year certainly proved that this can be an annual event. Immediately following the evening concert, there were people asking about signing up for next year!

The steelpan is a truly remarkable instrument, and now the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival and Crystal Lake, IL are a part of it’s development. This festival will certainly continue to grow in the coming years, and will hopefully inspire other communities around the country to create similar festivals.

Thanks again for everybody that helped make this inaugural year possible, and we’ll see you all on April 12, 2014 for the 2014 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival!!


The Home Stretch!!!

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 ends. Can’t wait for all the excitement to begin though. Having these guest artists all come to Crystal Lake, is amazing!


Hope to see you all there!!


Quick Update

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!!

WNIU is Supporting Us

WNIU is Supporting Us

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!

Support from the Northwest Herald!

Support from the Northwest Herald!

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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 Your Help!!!

We need more volunteers! Here are some specific jobs that need to be filled:
guest artist concierge
band concierge
backstage help
room managers
set up/tear down help
clinic sound recording
workshop and concert video recording
workshop and concert sound recording
parking coordinator
backstage manager
information center/ticket manager

Interested in helping be a part of history? If you can’t actually be there to help, spread the word! If you can be there to help, e-mail Matt at info@steelpanstore.com


Solo/Small Group Spots Now Open

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 all day pass to the festival! You can register here. Space is limited (only 5 positions) so act quickly.