Pennsylvania, USA - On the heels of a successful holiday party last month, Barrels to Beethoven — an organization co-founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano and her husband, David Pugliano, that focuses on the preservation, education and innovation of the steelpan — is launching a new initiative: the Wilkinsburg Youth Steel Orchestra.
Fundraising currently is underway for this new orchestra, which was developed to provide a comprehensive steelpan music program for children living in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. The program will train a class of young people to be better musicians, creatives, collaborators and citizens by using a contextually underappreciated instrument and narrative.
The program will also follow the traditional steelpan culture in the Caribbean that allows young people to develop as musicians through performance ensembles as a means to preserve art and culture and build a sense of community.
....“The steelpan has had such a positive impact on my life and the lives of so of many youth around the world,” said Ms. Pugliano.
To Keep the Steelpan music alive we have to Teach the Children the Art of playing the Instrument!!!