Weekend Festival

September 23-25

First annual RMSB Weekend Festival. Meet us in Denver for a weekend of steel band music. The RMSB Weekend Festival is geared to the intermediate player who wants to learn some fun music and get the experience playing in a full steel band.

Music

You’ll receive your music, along with recordings and practice tracks on August 15. You’ll have plenty of time to work on the music before the big weekend.

This year we’re going to play arrangements of pop tunes. Andrew and I have been hard at work arranging songs. We’ve chosen some of the best (and most fun) songs by artists such as the Beatles, The Clash, One Direction and more.  You’ll get all 12 songs, and we’ll perform as many as we can learn by Sunday.

Some songs will keep their original style and others are recreated as soca or calypso styles. All are fun, toe tapping songs, of course:-)

Performance

We’ll perform at the Pearl Street Farmers Market on Sunday. This is one of the best audiences around. There are tons of people and I know they’ll love our tunes.

Location

The weekend festival will take place at RMSB Studios, 10691 East Bethany Drive, in Aurora. Denver is literally right across the street. Our studio features two 750 square foot studios. We also are fully stocked with pan accessories like sticks and stands.

About Denver: September is one of the best times of the year to visit Denver or Colorado in general. The weather is perfect and the mountains are beautiful.  The only thing to make it better is a weekend of steel band music.

Lodging

There is a variety of good hotels close to the studio:

Intown Suites
2221 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 283-8421

Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast
3155 S Vaughn Way
Aurora, CO 80014
radisson.com

Faculty

Andrew Neldon is an accomplished performer and composer residing within the Denver area. With degrees from the University of West Virginia and years of experience, he is becoming one of the most sought-after musicians in the area.

He has his own professional ensemble, The Pan Association, which performs all over the Denver area. Andrew is also a member of the group Pan Nation which is led by Tom Miller.

Rick Henson discovered the magic of steel pans after college, in 1999.  Steel drums quickly became his greatest passion and he founded Rocky Mountain Steel Bands in 2003.  RMSB has grown to offer classes and performing ensembles for all ages and abilities.

Rick has also started 2 of his own professional ensembles, Strings & Steel and Urban Island. Hobbies? Free time? Nope, just lots of steel drums…

Schedule

Thursday night, (optional) bowling and drinks at Moe’s Barbecue, only 1/2 mile from our studio. We need to get to know each other before playing music, right? The studio will also be open if you want to bring your pans.

Friday, we’ll rehearse most of the day but you’ll have 90 minutes for lunch and some time in the evening to explore Denver.

Saturday, the same schedule as Friday. We’ll make sure we are done by about 5 pm so you can enjoy another great night in Denver.

Sunday, meet at the gig site early, around 8 am.  We’ll perform our songs 2-3 times, but we’ll be done by 1:00 so you can catch a flight home that afternoon.

Fees and Registration

The fees for the weekend festival are $185 which includes all the music, instruction, and the performance.  There is an early registration discount of $25 if you register by July 31 and use code: early25

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Still have questions, please email rick at rmsteelbands@mac.com

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FAQ

We’ve had a great response after announcing the festival.  Some of you have asked some really great questions and so we are posting those here:

Q. How good do I need to be to participate?
A. We are expecting mostly intermediate level players.  If you’ve played for a year or two  you’ll do fine.  Most of the songs are rather easy since we have to learn 10-12 in just 2 days!

Q. What if tons of people sign up?
A. No problem!  If we have a big turnout we’ll might split into 2 bands.

Q. What if I can’t play every song?
A. No problem. You can always play precision on a couple songs, which would really help the whole band as well.

Q. Will you guys be available for private lessons?
A. Yes! The best time to do this would be on Thursday. We could cover the festival songs or work on other topics like technique, music theory, rhythm etc…