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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” ūüėÄ

Instruments Used РWe 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” ūüėÄ

Instruments Used РWe 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 OPENS TOMORROW!!!

Full Group and Mass Band registration for the 2016 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival opens tomorrow (Oct 1).

Be sure to get your band registered¬†before spots fill up. After that, it’s time to start getting excited for April 9th!

We can’t wait to see you all there!

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REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER FIRST!!!

Full Group and Mass Band registration for the 2016 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival at the  beginning of next month (Oct 1).

Be sure to check back on the first and get your band registered before spots fill up.

April 9th cannot come soon enough!

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GLSF15 THANK YOU

The staff of the 2015 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival would like to thank all of the sponsors, clinicians, participants, and audience for a great time. GLSF15 was both a success and an enjoyable experience. We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and we cannot wait to see you all next year for the 2016 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival.

Thank you!!!

-GLSF15 Staff

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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 ‚ÄúThis group is the future of steelpan‚ÄĚ 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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It’s Time To Register – Here’s How!

So you’d like to register for the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival 2015? That is certainly a sensible thing to 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 is pretty long, and there are a few items you may be confused about, so here’s a quick guide to make sure you know exactly what you need to do.

First, follow the links to Full Group Registration, or just click here. (Scroll down for information on Solo/Small Group Registration!)

The first group of categories are all on you: Director First/Last Name, School or Organization Name, Mailing Address, Email, Phone, & Fax. Just plug in the information you use.

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” ūüėÄ

Ensemble Instrumentation – 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 your 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.

Number of Non-Performers – This would be anyone that traveled with you, and will be spending the entire day with you. These people will be treated as though they have a “Day-Pass” to the festival. This is ideal for directors, chaperones, or other staff members. Please enter the total number of non performers. For every 5 performers, you will receive one of these day passes for free. Any additional day passes will cost $15.

Festival T-Shirts – These are black T-Shirts that sport a small¬†GLSF logo on the front in the upper left corner. The back has a large GLSF logo¬†crossing the shoulders and “Great Lakes Steelpan Festival” written below, with¬†a few of our sponsor’s logos below that. This is a great way for you and your students to show off your participation in the festival, and spread the word about GLSF. We will get finalized order information after your registration is complete, but giving approximate sizing would help us out. Your form field may look like [10S, 5M, 7L, 3XL] or [37 mostly S/M]. Please note, the shirts will be available for sale at the show but in extremely limited quantities, and you save money by pre-ordering with your registration!

Approximate Travel Time (in Hours) – This is just for our records. We want to know how you’re getting here! This helps us promote and advertise appropriately.

Number of Concert Tickets¬†– This is not for you, or your chaperones. Remember, anyone who you counted in “Non-performers” has a “Day-Pass” which includes the concert. This is for some family members that decided to drive along with you, but spend the early parts of the day in Chicago before heading back for the concert. This is for Grandma/Grandpa/Aunt/Uncle/Whoever, who happens to live closer to us than you and wants to come see the show. This is for anyone that you are bringing in for JUST the evening concert. We are offering this to you, so your friends and family can attend the concert at a significant discount. All tickets sold at the door, the day of the event, will be full price ($25) with no exceptions. So, save your friends and family some money, and fill up our seats, by pre-ordering some tickets here, for the evening concert. These registration tickets will be $10, while general pre-order concert tickets are $17.50.

 

Now – for the Soloists and Small Groups, you’ll want to click here instead.

Name, Address, Email, Phone, and Fax – Again, this is all on you.

Ensemble Name – if you’re a soloist, just put your name again. If you’re a group, let us know what you call yourselves!

Number of Performers – Let us know how big you are so we know what sort of space you’ll be needing.

Piece Name & Brief Description and/or mass band – As a soloist or small group, you are eligible to either receive feedback from our guest artist in a mini-clinic on a piece you are working on, or take part in the mass band, or both. If you are working on putting Bach on pan, or improvising on jazz standards on pan, or taking solos over backing tracks, or adapting a mallet percussion piece to your pan, we want to know what you play so we can pair you with the best clinician for you. Furthermore, if you want to stay for the evening concert and play in the mass band (you will need to attend the afternoon¬†rehearsal as well), just let us know here. You can also just do the mass band (with rehearsal), simply say “Mass Band Only.”

Ensemble Instrumentation РLet us know which pan you play. Are you playing alone, with other pans, or with other instruments? For anyone taking part in the mass band, we need very specific information on which instrument you play so that we can send you the correct parts to learn.

Festival T-Shirts – These are black T-Shirts that sport a small¬†GLSF logo on the front in the upper left corner. The back has a large GLSF logo¬†crossing the shoulders and “Great Lakes Steelpan Festival” written below, with¬†a few of our sponsor’s logos below that. This is a great way for you and your students to show off your participation in the festival, and spread the word about GLSF. We will get finalized order information after your registration is complete, but giving approximate sizing would help us out. Your form field may look like [10S, 5M, 7L, 3XL] or [37 mostly S/M]. Please note, the shirts will be available for sale at the show but in extremely limited quantities, and you save money by pre-ordering with your registration!

Approximate Travel Time (in Hours) – This is just for our records. We want to know how you’re getting here! This helps us promote and advertise appropriately.

Number of Reduced-Price Day Pass Tickets: If you have a friend or family member joining you, or even a stranger tagging along for the day, any one who is a non performer will need a ticket. Here you can get them access to the entire day (clinics, workshops, and evening concert) at a hugely reduced rate. Otherwise, they will have to pay full price at the door. Be nice to your friends, and save them money by pre-ordering their tickets here!

 

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 guarantee¬†your spot!

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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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