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Scroll to the bottom and work your way back up to see our program build from the ground up!
The first performance on these instruments was as a part of the Edmonds
School District's Summer Music SChool, on July 15th, 2016!
And here they all are. This is how the band sets up for rehearsal. For performance, we'll set up a little differently.
Builder/tuner Alan Coyle putting the finishing touches on the pans.
Back home for tuning!
And with the logo applied!
After two coats of Steel Magic Purple!
Ready for painting!
The final test: will the pans fit into our custom designed crates? Answer: like a glove.
Unboxing the freshly-delivered pans, and scuffing the primer in preparation for paint.
of the Elementary School Steelband Summit we organized at the
Experience Project Museum's Sky Church last Friday. The three directors
were our own Executive and Artistic Director Gary Gibson, Ben Leggett
of Tri-Cities, and Obe Quarless from the Puyallup school district. This
was an amazingly fun event, and EMP staff want a repeat! Perhaps we can
make this an annual event there. Two of the songs were played as mass
band tunes (as one large band). By the end of this thing, all the kids
from the different schools were dancing together! Our thanks to Bonnie
at the EMP, who coordinates their STAR Program (which this was a part
of), and to the army of parents, volunteers, and school administrators
and staff for helping make this thing happen!
Early June, 2016: Guess what just started showing up at the post office?
Three of our nine bass/cello carts, still under contruction, but on their casters.
nice young man, Michael, volunteered his time to build our bass and
cello carts in his woodworking shop up in Stanwood. This is what its
all about – people working together to create something unique and
wonderful here. The fancy casters that they'll roll on were sold to us
at discount and delivered to us for free by Caster Solutions, Inc. of
Monroe. The next step will be to add cushion to them (1/2" children's
play mats). And then they'll be done!
Some of our bass, tenor bass, and cello pans under construction!
New custom, height-adjustable tripod stands, built by Dennis Martin. It is all starting to come together!
Our first purchase: irons for the engine room!
In mid-December, 2015, we received a $35,000 grant that allowed us to
order our instruments. In combination with existing (and forthcoming)
grants, we reached our goal of raising $60,000!