Thursday, December 13, 2012
We're looking for 5 capable musicians to join our steel drum group in the eastbay. Requires discipline and a willingness to learn. Helps if you read music but not essential. Call Harry at PanWest Caribbean Steelpan Music Center in El Cerrito: 510 222 1123.
Posted by Harry Best at 7:02 PM
New digital pan sound samples are now available for the panKAT. See link below:
Posted by Harry Best at 6:37 PM
Harry Best and friends will host a special holiday pan concert this Saturday, Dec. 15, 8pm at Soccer4, 2101 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Come enjoy the holidays with some warm Caribbean steelpan sounds. Admission is free! Harry will have his newly released CD on sale. Also available on Amazon.com, Cdbaby.com and kakesa.com. Call 510 222 1123 for more info.
Posted by Harry Best at 6:28 PM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
PanWest students from San Rafael will showcase their talents at the 38th Annual Solano Avenue Stroll, "Step into the future", Sunday, September 9 between 11am and 1pm. Among those performing will be Glenn Bowland, Linda Fox, Albert DeLima, Maureen Delema, Megan Black, Louise Yost and Margie Wade. The students' set will be followed by Shabang Steel Drum Trio featuring Harry Best, Dexter Bruce and Ed McCarver.
Since 1974, The merchants, restaurants, and professionals, as well as the twin cities of Albany and Berkeley CA, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the east bay's largest street festival! The Solano Avenue Merchants Association invites you to come and see what makes Solano Avenue such a wonderful place.
Over five hundred vendors, non-profit organizations, food booths and entertainers!
Participants and the event guests visit from everywhere throughout California; as well as neighboring states from Nevada to Maine.
The fun begins at 10 am with the opening of Solano Avenue businesses and Stroll booths and the kick-off is the theme parade with about 100 groups.
After the parade, you can visit one of 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 juried arts and crafters, state of the art mechanical rides, and 150 community non-profit and government organizations, not to mention the unique and popular professional services, restaurants, and shops already here on Solano Avenue.
You will hear the best in local music, dance and other performances and absolutely stunning costumes from all over the globe!
This is a family event! A special area set aside just for kids offers giant slides, carnival games, clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters, magicians, and maybe even wizards and elves -- come and see for yourselves...
Come join us for an afternoon in the sun.
Posted by Harry Best at 9:40 PM
Monday, August 20, 2012
Steelpan Workshop with Duvone Stewart is set for Saturday September 1, 10am-3pm, at PanWest CSMC 10855 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito CA 94530. Come and sharpen your improvisational skills and learn how Duvone rips it up on the pan. Call 510 222 1123 for more information.
Posted by Harry Best at 11:35 AM
Sunday, August 19, 2012
- the Best family, especially my wife Romaine, our mothers, my sons, my brother and his family, the whole Best clan.;
- Claude Gonzalez for landing the building for us and for the numberless conversations on pan.
- Duvone Stewart for his special appearance and for lighting up the crowd.
- fellow musicians and students at the different community centers.
- everyone who turned up to celebrate the Grand Opening and those who intend to join us in activities
We feel a sense of fraternity with all others who play the instrument, regardless of what level of proficiency.
At PanWest, we feel pan is an instrument not just of music but also community. We truly believe that is the purpose of it's emergence. And if you take the time to track it's evolution you will see that everywhere a pan program exists you have the nucleus of a community.
We also believe that music and the arts is where the answer to our societal woes lies. Because everyone is a creator whether in music or another art form. It's this belief that inspires our mission statement here in this venture:
PanWest is dedicated to enlightening people to their own musical potential. At PanWest we see everyone as a musician whether or not they have ever played a steel drum/pan. We recognize that in each of us is a creative spirit with a unique voice. We believe that for the sake of health that voice needs to be expressed. When that voice is a steel drum/pan, we provide products and support that help that voice come forth.
We are about more than teaching steel drum/pan music. We are about the healing power of music to meet human need for joy. That's why we encourage and support efforts of individuals and groups who work to bring steel drum/pan music to their community. It is our goal to use our mental, physical, and spiritual resources to enrich the lives of our students, teachers, and supporters through steel drum/pan music.
In this way we hope to enlighten you to your own wonderful musical potential and by doing so add harmony to this world.
We invite you to come join our musical community and enjoy a most unique art form that validates you as the creator you are. Bring your children and family members. Make it a family activity. We promise you will gain more benefits and improve the quality of life for you and your family better than any other activity we can think of.
We welcome you and assure you that whether you take our classes or not this will always be a haven for you when you need to enjoy the soothing sounds of pan to relieve the stresses of the day.
Once again, thanks to all of you.
Posted by Harry Best at 10:18 AM
Saturday, July 21, 2012
We are waiving the registration fee for the first 20 students who enroll
before Aug. 20. See Registration Form below.
Q: Are pans provided for the class or do students have to bring
A: We provide all the pans for the classes but students are welcome to
bring their own.
Q: Does anyone rent pans(so I could practice and/or have them for class
A: We don't know of anyone else who rents pans and all our pans will be
in use at the Center. But if there is enough interest in renting we will
look into bringing in more pans.
Q: Is a double seconds spot in the class still open?
A: Yes, Double seconds are open.
Q: Will the classes run for a certain # of weeks then finish with a
performance, or will the class just run open-ended? If a performance, do
you know that date?
A: The classes will run open-ended and we plan to have quarterly
performances but no date has been chosen until we know what the full
enrollment will be.
Q: I'd love to do the Thursday class but couldn't because I already have
a commitment that night of the week.
A: For now the classes are set tentatively. If more members in the
Intermediate class would rather meet on Thursdays or vice versa we would
consider switching them.
Q: Is the Adults reading/rhythm class included in the tuition or is that
a separate fee? Should I do that, too?
A:Right now, the reading/rhythm is offered as part of the tuition and
is optional, as needed.
The Pandamentals class is also free to all registered students. It's
intensive and is really aimed at mastering the instrument.
Please send your questions and/or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 510 222 1123.
Number & Street__________________________________________
Date of Birth:___________
Father's Name (Youth)___________________________
Mother's Name (Youth)___________________________
Previous Study: Instrument/Number of Years:
Registration Fee: $35.00 individual/$50.00 family per year________
Class Tuition: $100/month (10% discount to former students of Harry Best and one referral of their choice; 20% Discount for additional family members)
Make check payable to: PanWest CSMC Amount Enclosed: _____________
(Please circle one)
MC, Visa, Disc,# __________________________
Exp Date: ____________ Zip Code ________________________
Mail Form to: PanWest CSMC 10855 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito CA 94530
Posted by Harry Best at 9:46 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
You are invited to the Grand Opening of the PanWest Caribbean Steelpan Music Center. Open House August 18, 3-7pm. Bring a friend. 10855 San Pablo Ave El Cerrito CA 94530. 510 222 1123. Meet and greet other Bay Area pan musicians and learn about PanWest plans and programs for the future. Classes begin Monday August 20.
Join PanWest Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/323445861080320/
Posted by Harry Best at 10:23 PM