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8/24/2016: 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:

7/27/2016: We 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.

7/15/2016: The 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 by all!
First concert

5/6/2016: We 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!

5/6/2016: We 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).

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!
New stands

We 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!!!

We 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 activities!

A nice article about our grant funding and instrument order in today's MyEdmondsNews. See article HERE.

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 students!

We have received another $2500 grant to help us purchase instruments. Slowly but surely...

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! 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!

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 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.

lynndale kids

roaring steel

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 application prepared.

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.

3/5/2015: 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.

1/17/2015: Another good article on us in 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.

1/16/2015: 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.