Music Arrangements for Steel Drums, Pans through Hillbridge - new directions in Pan Music

Adjudications, Clinics and Workshops

   The migration of the Caribbean steel band movement to other cultures world wide is one of the major musical developments of recent years. Interest and activity in this art form in the USA has generated unique musical and social opportunities for educators and community leaders.

   Drawing on long experience with steel drums (pans); Marc Svaline and James Leyden, as teachers, arrangers and publishers, are currently involved with and available for Steel Band Festival Adjudications, Clinics and Workshops. Since 1999, their annual workshop, "The Steel Band in The School and Communitiy" offered at Villanova University's Summer Music Program has drawn music teachers from a 5 state area to experience the excitement and possibilities of initiating their own steel band programs.

   Also, as a part of the Delaware State Education Department's commitment to establish Steel Drum programs in all of its middle schools, Marc Svaline and James Leyden are currently presenting annual summer workshops with Delaware Middle School teachers.

   All workshops include presentation of a syllabus which includes:
  •  The History of Pan
  •  Starting a Steel Band
    • obtaining instruments
    • music
    • teaching techniques
    • recruiting
    • place in the curriculum
    • advantages and ptifalls
    • community involvement
  •  Care and Maintenance
  •  Performance
  •  Musical Styles
  •  Arranging
When requested, instruments are provided. Enrollment and details of participation are by mutual agreement. To further explore these opportunities, please contact us at Hillbridge Music.

164 Hickory Heights Drive
Bridgeville, PA 15017
412.221.0678 Phone or 412.221.7136 FAX

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