Great Lakes

Steelpan Festival

Being the youngest acoustical instrument family to be accepted worldwide, the steelpan has a lot of growing to do.

Providing an environment in which panists of all ages and experience level can gather and learn is why The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival exists. Whether you are a teacher, student, professional musician, or audience member, we all can learn from one another. We are all part of the ground crew that is laying the foundation for this beautiful instrument. Given to the world by Trinidad and Tobago, it is now our time to help share the culture.


The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is the largest educational steelpan festival in the midwest. Bands from around the country come to Woodstock, IL to learn from renowned guest artists from around the world.


The festival is held at Creekside Middle School in Woodstock, IL. Woodstock is an amazing little town that is a little over an hour northwest of Chicago.



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