2018 Guest Faculty
The Festival of Steel Faculty serve as artists in residence for an entire week of devoted steel pan instruction. Our Faculty are among the most revered and experienced steel pan educators in the world. They bring with them new, original compositions and arrangements taught in a fully immersed, week-long rehearsal schedule. Only the Festival of Steel allows participants to learn from such world-class artists in such an informal setting!
Andy Narell returns for his 9th consecutive Festival of Steel appearance this summer. Andy will have new pieces sure to challenge the Advanced band and some beautiful arrangements guaranteed to delight all the participants throughout the week.
Duvone Stewart will be returning for his second Festival of Steel. Champion arranger, in multiple categories and multiple countries, Duvone brings his talents from Trinidad by way of France all the way to Morgantown, WV. For one week in July, the Festival of Steel is honored to have Duvone Stewart back for the 2018 festival!
Jeff Narell is our most seasoned faculty at the Festival of Steel. With over ten summers with the Festival, Jeff brings a familiar face and a friendly vibe that can't be matched! His unique compositions and arrangements, sometimes, sometimes with hints of Latin-American grooves, are always sure to delight the participants.
Emily Lemmerman joins the Instructional Faculty this year working with our ensembles in addition to being one of Ellie Mannette's highly-praised apprentices. Emily's resume is like no others, and we're very honored to have her on our 2017 Faculty!
Instructing the Beginner Lab Band each morning, Dave Longfellow returns to give first-time-players and experienced players, alike, a real "crash course" in pan, regardless of instrument or experience.
Victor Provost will be at this years festival to work along side our faculty and help participants learn new pieces throughout week. Victor has worked with countless, including Grammy award-winning, musicians from all around the world and has produced two albums. We are very excited to have Victor join the festival!
Little or no experience necessary!
In one week, learn how to play pan by rote with the guidance and know-how of our faculty. Perform with band of new-found-friends that share the same love for such an amazing instrument.
Some experience necessary
Although you do not need to be a proficient reader (this band is also taught by rote), general know-how and dexterity on your pan is a plus.) We have two Intermediate options to choose from: Adult Intermediate & Student Intermediate. Some participants prefer to be in an ensemble with their peers, however any one can participate in any band of their choosing.
Advanced, proficient readers only
This band will be reading, as well as learning by rote, throughout the week. The ability to sight-read on your primary instrument will be a necessity, however be willing to embrace some rote-method teaching from time to time.
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K-12 & College/Grad School!
(Must have a valid student ID)