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ABOUT  STEEL  MAGIC NORTHWEST

Steel Magic Northwest is as much about making good people as it is about making good music! Participants learn much more than just music in the steel band. They develop teamwork skills, leadership through mentoring, an increased sense of responsibility to the group, social skills, and they see on a regular basis the fruits of their dedication. The steel band is different than school band or orchestra in that the director doesn't stand in front with a baton; the students themselves are in front, and therefore have a heightened sense of ownership of the performance.

MISSION  STATEMENT

Steel Magic Northwest exists to teach music, teamwork, leadership, and other important life skills, and to build community in the context of the modern steel orchestra.

Our specific goals are to...

  1. provide a safe, family-structured environment where kids can learn not only music, but also teamwork, the value and rewards of dedication, and leadership skills as they move up in the ranked bands.

  2. Provide a strong, lasting support community for the particpants.

  3. provide a rich environment for adult learning in social steel bands, where people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds can bond through music.

  4. educate and entertain the general public with the music we make.

  5. train music educators in the special challenges and techniques of steel band leadership, so that all steel bands in the region are improved and the art form is appreciated at a higher level.

OUR  KEY  PEOPLE

GARY GIBSON

Executive/Artistic Director

SCOTT KETRON

Board President

BOARD  OF  TRUSTEES

Scott Ketron

President

Executive Director of WMEA, Former Executive Director of MusicWorks NW

Jeff Patterson

Vice President

Parent of three SMN youth participants, professional fundraiser

Don Dieterich

Treasurer

Percussionist, music educator

Valerie Stein

Secretary

Adult steel band member, school librarian, publisher

Vonnie Atkison

Trustee

Parent of three SMN youth participants

Chris Buckingham

Trustee

Parent of one SMN youth participant, marketing specialist

Gary Gibson

Trustee

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, musician, composer, music educator

Haru Hirota

Trustee

Parent of two SMN youth participants

Jamie Hoffman

Trustee

Parent of two SMN youth participants