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Registration is Open!

So you’d like to register for the 2017 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival? Of course you do! With all your busy schedules, though, we realize that any extra time required to get this done is not going to help. So instead, WE are here to help.

First, follow the links to Registration, or just click here.

The form starts off just getting some basic information from you like name, school (if applicable), phone number, etcetera.

Ensemble Name – If you don’t have a unique ensemble name that differs from your School or Organization Name, then either put the same thing, or take “School/Org. Name” and add “Steelband” 😀

Instruments Used – We need to know how large your group is (numbers) but also specific instruments (lead, double tenor, double seconds, six bass, etc.) so that we can plan for load in/out, spacing for your clinic, and placement in the mass band. We understand that you might not know which of your students will be able to attend, or some other factors, but the more accurate information you can provide here the better.

Instruments We Need To Provide – Do you need us to provide anything? Let us know here. Specifics will be gone over via phone/e-mail so don’t worry too much about this right now.

Experience Level – This is to help us plan out the best clinician for you as well as make suggestions on the mass band pieces for you. We welcome everybody from complete novices to experienced professionals. Pan is for all!

Age Range – This is again to help us put you with the best suited clinician.

We hope this helps clear up any confusion with the registration forms. Of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, simply EMAIL US and we’ll get back with you right away. We are looking forward to seeing you sign up, but remember, space is limited, so register quickly to save your spot!

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Registration is Open!

So you’d like to register for the 2016 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival? Of course you do! With all your busy schedules, though, we realize that any extra time required to get this done is not going to help. So instead, WE are here to help. The registration form has been shortened this year in order to make signing up even easier!

First, follow the links to Registration, or just click here.

The form starts off just getting some basic information from you like name, school (if applicable), phone number, etcetera.

Ensemble Name – If you don’t have a unique ensemble name that differs from your School or Organization Name, then either put the same thing, or take “School/Org. Name” and add “Steelband” 😀

Instruments Used – We need to know how large your group is (numbers) but also specific instruments (lead, double tenor, double seconds, six bass, etc.) so that we can plan for load in/out, spacing for your clinic, and placement in the mass band. We understand that you might not know which of your students will be able to attend, or some other factors, but the more accurate information you can provide here the better.

Instruments We Need To Provide – Do you need us to provide anything? Let us know here. Specifics will be gone over via phone/e-mail so don’t worry too much about this right now.

Experience Level – This is to help us plan out the best clinician for you as well as make suggestions on the mass band pieces for you. We welcome everybody from complete novices to experienced professionals. Pan is for all!

Age Range – This is again to help us put you with the best suited clinician.

We hope this helps clear up any confusion with the registration forms. Of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, simply EMAIL US and we’ll get back with you right away. We are looking forward to seeing you sign up, but remember, space is limited, so register quickly to save your spot!

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GLSF15 Review Video Is Up!

Last year, Brenden Dougherty did an awesome job putting together a sweet video that showcased the mass band rehearsal. This year, we had him come back to shoot the whole day leading up to the concert! Check out what he came up with this year.

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GLSF15 Press Release

 

Region’s Largest Steelpan Festival Returns to Chicagoland

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival Returns to Crystal Lake for 2015

Potts & Pans is proud to announce that the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is coming back to Crystal Lake on April 11, 2015. At this one day only festival, attendees will have the opportunity to hear bands from across the midwest, a 50+ piece steelband, and world renown educators and performers! There is no other festival of this nature and magnitude in the area, and it only comes once a year.

Crystal Lake, IL – April 11, 2015 – http://www.steelpanfestival.com – Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is coming back to Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL on April 11, 2015. The festival is open to all music lovers and starts with free performances at 9:00 am and concludes with an evening concert starting at 8:00 pm.

In 2013, Potts & Pans hosted the inaugural Great Lakes Steelpan Festival. The festival was a huge success and participants and attendees alike were raving about it for months to come. After taking part in the festival our inaugural year, Dr. Elliott Mannette (the inventor of the modern day steelpan) said “This group is the future of steelpan” and he is coming back this year to take part again! On April 11, 2015, the festival is returning to Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL and is even better than it was last year! The 2015 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival (GLSF15) will be bringing together performers and educators from 7 states across the US and Trinidad and Tobago. Guest artists include Dr. Ellie Mannette, Kurry Seymour, and Potts & Pans Steelband. GLSF15 is packed with free performances and educational workshops starting at 9 am, two steelpan documentaries premiers and the day climaxes with an evening concert starting at 8 pm.

GLSF15 is the only music festival in Chicagoland specializing in the steelpan, the musical instrument from the caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, also commonly called the steel drum. Throughout the day at GLSF15, attendees will hear music ranging from classical to calypso and even original compositions that were commissioned specifically for this festival. The event is hosted by a local 501(C)3 organization, Culture, Arts and Music (http://www.cultureartsmusic.org) and is supported in part by The Steelpan Store (http://www.steelpanstore.com).

From steelpan aficionados to casual music lovers alike, GLSF15 is sure to deliver lasting memories and leave attendees yearning for next year. No matter what prior exposure audience members have had to the steelpan, GLSF15 will make every person in the room think a little differently about the instrument and what it is capable of. For more information about the festival, contact information or to purchase reduced fare tickets, please visit http://steelpanfestival.com.

About Great Lakes Steelpan Festival
Great Lakes Steelpan Festival was created to fill the void in top level steelpan performance and educational events in the midwest. Imagined by two midwest panists, that decided to start GLSF in order to create a closer option for bands like theirs, after meeting in Virginia for a different festival.

Media Contact:
Matt Potts * 815-245-3624 * mpotts@cultureartsmusic.com

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GLSF15 Itinerary

GLSF14 was a great success! Due to that, we aren’t changing anything about the itinerary except for the guest artists and the workshops. We will be following the same day plan as last year. To check out the actual itinerary, please visit the itinerary page.

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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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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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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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