Weekend Festival

September 14-17

Second annual RMSB Weekend Festival – Featuring James “JT” Taylor. Join us in Denver for a fun-filled weekend of music with our special guest JT.

The festival is for all levels of ability.  JT has a special gift of meeting every musician right where they are.  In fact, many of his arrangements are already written to accommodate various ability levels.

The “JT experience” is hard to describe but check out these testimonials:

When JT plays the pans it is mesmerizing. The sound exudes his talent and his love for the music. He always has a smile on his face and his enthusiasm is contagious. My playing level improved just standing next to him in the band. When talking with him all that talent is wrapped in a warm and genuinely humble person that makes you want to spend more time with him. I would love to have the opportunity to learn from someone who is so talented and such a warm, genuine person.


We’ve taken lessons from and played with James “JT” Taylor for the last several years during our winters in Arizona. We guarantee you’ll be motivated and inspired, never intimidated, will laugh till you cry, and will thank your lucky stars you had the opportunity to learn from such a generous and patient teacher and professional.

~Dan and Suzanne



You’ll receive a link to download your music when you register. This will give you plenty of time to work on the music before the big weekend. If you aren’t a music reader or have never played before we’ll help you every step of the way.

This year we’re featuring songs written or arranged by JT. You’ll recognize many and even the new ones will be fun to play.


We do a final performance on Sunday, September 17.  Details coming soon!


The weekend festival will take place at the RMSB studio, 10691 East Bethany Drive, in Aurora. It’s basically Denver, which is literally right across the street. Our studio actually features two 800 square foot studios and includes a small pan store with 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.

Pan Rental

We do have a limited number of instruments available to rent including tenors, double tenors, double seconds, guitars and 6-basses. If you want to use one of our pans please contact Rick right away to make sure we hold one for you!


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


This part of Aurora is one of the most diverse areas in the US. You can find virtually any kind of ethnic restaurant you may want.  Of course, there’s plenty of traditional places to eat as well.  Simply put, there’s something for everyone within a 5 minute drive and many choices within walking distance.

If Rick has his choice though, he might end up at Moes for Bowling and BBQ…


James “JT” Taylor is one of the most prolific steel pan performers in America. His musical talents have taken him all over the world with other world class musicians.  We don’t have the space to put his resume here but you can check out his band’s website, or his own website.

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…


Thursday night, We’ll start the weekend with a performance by JT and friends followed by an ice cream social so we can get to know each other!

Friday, we’ll rehearse most of the day but you’ll have plenty of time 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, we’ll probably have a quick rehearsal then load the trailer and go to the gig.  More details about the final day soon things will wrap up by early afternoon!

Fees and Registration

The fees for the weekend festival are $275 which includes all the music, instruction, and the performance.  We do offer an early registration discount.

Early registration has 3 benefits:

  • Save $25
  • Receive a FREE copy of JT’s latest CD
  • Immediate digital access to the music as soon as you register

Take advantage of this valuable early registration offer, and register by August 14.   Use code: earlybird

Click here to register

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

Register Now


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. All levels are welcomed to attend.  JT can work with raw beginners and pros.

Q. What if tons of people sign up?
A. No problem!  If we have a big turnout we’ll might split up for part of the time.