Richland College’s Music Department announces the date of the 2012 Carnival of Steel, North Texas’ premier steel drum festival featuring steel bands and steel drum performers from all over the world.
The festival will be from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on April 14 at Richland College. This event is open to the public; all daytime concerts from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. are free, the clinic is $5 and the evening concert is $10.
The Carnival will feature steel bands and percussion ensembles performing all styles of music, from Caribbean and Latin to Classical and Rock. World-renowned steel drum artist Tracy Thornton will be the guest performer at the performance demo clinic and evening concert. Guest steel drum artist Shelly Irvine will perform and serve as festival tuner and massed band leader. Drum set and world percussion steel drum artist Jose Aponte from University of North Texas will also perform.
In addition to performances, the festival offers a taste of Caribbean culture with exhibitors including organizations, companies, clothing and food vendors, and Caribbean cultural groups. Steel drum tuning service will be provided by Shelly Irvine; steel band directors and steel drum owners can schedule a tuning appointment with one of the finest innovators in the world.
Started in 2003, the Carnival of Steel showcases the many genres of music played on the steel drum instruments, which were invented and designed from 55-gallon oil drums in Trinidad in the early 20th century. The festival, hosted by Derrick Logozzo, Richland College’s director of Instrumental Music, brings people together from many Caribbean cultures. Steel drum bands, world jazz groups, and drumming ensembles play outdoors all day.
Day-time festival performances, free, East breezeway: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Performance Clinic, $5, Performance Hall: 5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Evening Concert, $10, Performance Hall: 8 p.m.
Contact Derrick Logozzo at 972-238-6254, email@example.com or purchase at the door.