2019 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.


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Duvone Stewart

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. 

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Emily Lemmerman

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!


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Dave Longfellow

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. 



Performance Ensembles


Beginner Band

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.


Intermediate Band

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 Band

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.

Registration Rates

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K-12 & College/Grad School!
(Must have a valid student ID)

What should I bring?

Pan Stands- If you are bringing your own personal instrument, you will also need to bring your personal stand to accompany it. 

Music Stand – We will be providing some music stands for the advanced and intermediate bands, but unfortunately have a limited number. If you would like to write and keep notes for yourself as you learn your music, we highly recommend that you bring a personal music stand with you to ensure that you comfortable throughout the week.

Sheet Protectors/ Clothes Pins– If you plan on using sheet music for the final performance on Saturday at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market, please be aware that we will be outside and that wind may be a factor. Sheet protectors and clothes pins are helpful to keep sheet music organized, as well as guarantee that it will not be blown away by a sudden gust of wind.

Do I need to bring my own mallets?

Yes. The Festival of Steel does NOT provide mallets for our participants. Mannette Music Instruments will be on site at the Hotel Morgan at designated times throughout the week that you may purchase mallets from them directly – including at open registration on Sunday, July 10th from 3:00PM-5:00PM!

I am renting an instrument. Where do I get it?

All rented instruments will be set up in the rehearsal space of your respective bands. 

Is there a schedule for the shop tour?

The Mannette shop tour is a self guided tour.

When will each faculty member work with each group

Part of the fun of the festival is the learning process that occurs in each ensemble. As the week progresses, the faculty members will find that they may need to spend more or less time with each group depending on how the learning of the tune is going. The faculty members collaborate to decide who will work with what group on each day. The schedule for each day will be finalized and posted by 8:00 AM each morning. 

Participants are able (and encouraged) to practice on their own. Participants who rehearse in the chuch are allowed to stay and practice after the evening rehearsal. However, please note that the doors will lock at 6:00 PM. After that time you will not be able to re-enter. 

If you wish to take your instument back to the ballroom to practice, a shuttle will be available to transport at the dinner break and after the evening lecture.

Participants are allowed to practice in the Hotel Morgan Ballroom unitl 10:00 PM.

Can I practice after the evening rehearsals?

Where will each band rehearse? 

The advanced band will rehearse in the Ballroom at the Hotel Morgan. The intermediate and beginner bands will rehearse at the Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Will I need my own transportation to and from locations?

There will be a shuttle outside of the Hotel Morgan that will provide transportation to and from the church before and after rehearsals. On the day of the shop tour and the Dorsey's Knob cookout, the shuttle will also be available. 


If, for any reason, you need to cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund minus the transaction fee for online registration (3.7%) before June 1st. After June 1, you will only be refunded 75% of your registration fee.