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As we close in on a month to go before our first classes,the final push
is on to let the community know about it. Two nice articles on us:
have finalized arrangements for the location for our initial 12-week
classes, which will run from September 26th through no later than
December 17. They will be held at Edmonds Adventist Church, 8625 -
196th St SW, Edmonds, WA.
very first performance on our new instruments was by two bands made up
of kids in the Edmonds School District's Summer Music School. This was
a collaborative effort between Steel Magic Northwest and the district,
to enhance their camp offerings, and to allow us to introduce our new
program to the kids in the district. Win-win, and a good time was had
are collaborating with the EMP (Experience Music Museum) to host the
"Elementary School Staal Band Summit," featuring five elementary school
steel bands from Kent, Puyallup, and Tri-Cities. This is a part of the
museum's STAR Program (Students and Teachers in Artistic Reach). The
event will be June 3rd, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The performance is
from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and will feature two "mass band" songs,
rendered by all the groups as one large ensemble (about 50 players at
once). See you there!
secured our delivery location for the shipment of instruments from
Trinidad and Florida. By the end of this month, we'll be up to our ears
in pans! We are shooting to have our registration site open by June
27th, which is when we start teaching on the instruments as a part of
the Edmonds School District's Summer Music School (June 27 - July 15).
4/5/2016: We picked up 30 brand new polished steel stands today
from Dennis Martin of Rhytmical Steel. Dennis is an innovative former
steel pan builder and tuner, and also developed many great support
products, such as these stands, which are custon built for us, with
height adjustability. He broke out his old tools just for us. He's a
great friend to have. Dennis is also going to help us when it is time
to paint the skirts of our new drums in June!
are thrilled to announce the receipt of a $4,000 grant from the fine
folks of the Tulalip Tribes! This brings us to just $3,500 remaining in
our instrument fundraising drive. We're going to make it!!!
are thrilled to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Hazel
Miller Foundation in Edmonds. We are proud to have their support, and
look forward to enriching the community with our music and other
12/23/2015: A nice article about our grant funding and instrument order in today's MyEdmondsNews. See article HERE.
12/11/2015: We have just received a
$35,000 grant. This grant takes us close enough to 75% of our $60,000
instrument funding goal that we can order instruments! In the coming
months, as the instruments are being made, we will work to get the rest
of the funding, look for a space to call home, and start recruiting
9/19/2015: We have received another $2500 grant to help us purchase instruments. Slowly but surely...
8/20/2015: There's another nice article on us...this time in the Trinidad (West Indies) Guardian newspaper! See the article HERE.
8/14/2015: You can now support
us every time you purchase something from Amazon.com! By purchasing
through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will donate a half a percent
of the sale price directly to us.
7/19/2015: We have received our
first grant to help us purchase instruments! $5000 is a healthy start
to our $60k goal! Thanks, Norcliffe Foundation!
6/12/2015: We are proud to
announce that our Board of Trustees President, Scott Ketorn, is now
also the newly appointed Executive Director of the Washington Music
Educators Association. Way to go, Scott!
5/28/2015: Another nice mention
of us (putting us in good company) in an article about arts educations
programs in Edmonds in MyEdmondsNews.com. Article HERE.
5/23/2015: Here's a nice
mention about the Lynndale Elementary bands performing at the Edmonds
Garden Market in My Edmonds News. The
event was fun and brought families and the community together in the
way that Steel Magic Northwest will do on a much larger scale. (Our
thanks to Michael DiRoberts for filling in on double seconds!).
And a follow-up post with video (ironically and painfully of the one
tune performed after the bass drum pedal broke!) is HERE.
4/30/2015: We are THRILLED to annouce that today we
received our IRS tax-exempt status! We
are officially a 501(c)(3), charitable organization. All donations to
us are now tax deductible, and this opens the door for us to foundation
and corporate support. Our thanks again to attorney Ryan Brady for his
marvelous pro bono legal assistance to our organization in getting our
We have posted dates and times of performances of the school steel
bands that Artistic Director Gary Gibson directs in our area. Since we
do not have our own bands to show off yet, this is a
good way for the public to get a little taste of what we will be doing
in our organization.
Please see our Concerts and
Open Rehearsals page
for a list of the performances.
3/5/2015: Our application for 501(c)(3) tax exampt
status has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
An article on Gary Gibson's two 6th grade bands at Sunrise Elementarty
School in Kent, with a mention of our organization. See the article HERE.
2/5/2015: Yet another great article on us in the Edmonds Beacon. See
the article HERE.
Another good article on us in MyEdmondsNew.com today. The introductory
few paragraphs are largely taken from our brochure, but a complete
interview with Gary Gibson is below that.
See the article HERE.
We're in today's Everett Herald newspaper. This story is on the cover
of the "Community Extra" section, and includes six photos (click on the
one to see more of them). See the article HERE.