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Solid Steel – Steelpan Workshops for Schools

Location(s)Throughout the UK
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by third-party Administrator

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

At the core of the band is the Cherrie family who originate from Trinidad – the home of the steel band – and who have been involved in playing steel pans professionally in Britain since the early 1950s.

Our steel band was founded by Paul Cherrie in 1986, after an ‘apprenticeship’ served with father Max’s band, ‘The Cherry Pickers’.

Max and his brother Ralph were amongst the first of their generation to play pan professionally in the UK, with Ralph’s son Mark (also in Solid-Steel) going on to become one of the most highly respected pan players in Britain.

There have been some extremely talented full-time players with the band over the years that deserve a special mention. Mark Cherrie, Michael Bailey and Dennis Davis were amongst those who first played with the band in the Eighties. Francis Hylton, David Morris and Miguel Barradas joined us in the Nineties and Tom Alleyne and Samuel Dubois have been working with the band since the Noughties.

In the last couple of years, we’ve included the talents of Adam Ouissellat, Ruel Richardson and Mike Searl whilst Tania Cherrie and Elliot Cherrie have also been brought in both as players and administrators.

Steel Pan & Steel Drum Workshops in Schools

Our interactive ‘steel band workshops’ are also known as ‘steel pan workshops’ or ‘steel drum workshops’. They represent a fantastic opportunity for active learning with people taking part in an activity that is a lot of fun.

If you are an educational establishment wishing to enrich the curriculum of your students or a corporate enterprise introducing innovative methods to motivate your employees, we can fashion the right workshop for you.

Workshop Suitability

Our steel band workshops suit any group or audience regardless of age or ability and indeed can prove particularly beneficial to:

– Pre-schools
– KS2 and KS3 students
– Inset Days
– Extended Schools
– Parent and Child Creative Workshops
– Fundraising
– Team Building
– Corporate Seminars
– Motivation Programmes
– International Evenings

Our audience learn about the colourful history and crafting of steel pans in a diverse cultural context. This may be done in individual classes, year groups, or even assemblies involving the entire school.

We demonstrate our instruments choosing tunes with which our audience can identify to encourage enthusiastic participation. Year 1 enjoy ‘The Wheels On The Bus’, but a contemporary pop hit goes down much better at a secondary school!

We demonstrate the differences between our instruments to make our audience’s experience as musically educational as it will be multicultural and entertaining.

Then it’s time to have a go! This helps conquer shyness and lack of assertiveness, at the same time promoting social and emotional development as well as improving motivation for learning.

How all this is organised very much depends on the numbers involved and time is available.

We offer 2 basic music workshop formats consisting of the following:

– Two facilitators and at least fifteen steel drums.
– Three or four professional musicians who work with the participants.

The first is more suited to larger classes with little ‘performance’, as such required from our facilitators. The second is more suited to high quality presentations including performances, but with smaller workshops.


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