Mecer Island - Reporter - By Madison Miller
Steel Magic Northwest to perform holiday music Dec. 8.
It all began with a steel saucer sled.
Kansas native Gary Gibson was 12 years old when his father took him to a parade with the U.S. Navy steel band.
“I just fell in love with the sound,” he said.
Once he came home, he picked up his old steel saucer sled, took his father’s hammer and molded the sled. He was able to make four discernible notes. It was the beginning of his life-long career in steelpan music.
Since then, Gibson obtained a real steelpan drum and continued playing and studying the instrument. He received his master’s degree in music performance, but also studied composition and orchestration at Cornish College.