Feel the energy when bands come together and perform as one.
Photo of GLSF17 Mass Band
WORLD RENOWN EDUCATORS
Working with your band and giving valuable one-on-one instruction to the students.
Photo of GLSF Guest Artist - Kurry Seymour
Sometimes the best lesson is a performance.
Photo of GLSF Guest Artist - Gregory Boyd
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. Local and visiting steelbands come to Woodstock, IL to learn from renowned guest artists from around the world.
WHERE IS THIS?
The festival is held at Creekside Middle School in Woodstock, IL. Woodstock is an amazing little town that is just over an hour northwest of Chicago.
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Juanita is more than just somebody that can help with insurance, retirement, and investments. Juanita Vega is a major advocate for culture within the community. Thank you so much for your support Juanita! For more information give her a call at 630-441-1029.
This family-owned custard shop is a McHenry County institution. Back in 1985 John and Mary Zielnicki started creating their hand-crafted custard recipe that is still used today! The flavors have taken on a creative twist since their daughter and grandson took over the business. You can now find flavors like nutty elephant, peanut butter puppy
Whether it is lending equipment or covering costs, The Steelpan Store has been there from the beginning. The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival would certainly not be here today if it weren’t for The Steelpan Store. Thank you for the support of the steelpan and its culture in our community and for your continued support of
Brian Coyle at the UPS Store in Crystal Lake on Terra Cotta and Walkup, is awesome. Every year, Brian prints all our flyers, posters, banners, programs and street signs for Great Lakes Steelpan Festival. Brian is very involved with the community and is just an overall great guy. Funny enough, our relationship started when Matt brought
We have been very fortunate to receive the support of the Northwest Herald for Great Lakes Steelpan Festival from the very beginning. Even when we approached them for our first year, they were excited about this new event for our community. They ended up doing a featured write up about the festival and gave us
The Foglia Family Foundation has been there from the beginning with us. After seeing one of our community performances and asked what they could do to help. When I approached with the idea of helping support the festival, they couldn’t say yes fast enough! Thank you so much to Vinnie Foglia for helping make this
Jim Potts has helped us from the very first festival. He sees the value of what we bring to the community and is always offering to help both financially and otherwise. For more information about his business check out jimpotts.com. Here is a little information from his website. Jim Potts has been in the automotive