Published on April 17th, 2017 | by The Trinidad Guardian


Inside Out pan festival in Texas

Spring is in the air, which means it is time once again for the annual Inside Out steelband festival in Austin, Texas. This year the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and will feature Andy Narell on April 18 and Northern Illinois University professor of steelpan Liam Teague on an additional concert on May 4. The Inside Out Steelband festival is an extension of the Inside Out programme which has a tradition of featuring virtuosic pannists from across the globe as guest artists at its festival. These include American and international pannists such as Tom Miller, Andy Narell, Ray Holman, Liam Teague, Leon Foster Thomas, Victor Provost, and Antiguan Khan Cordice.

The Inside Out programme has numerous other concerts throughout the year and has recently featured UTT assistant professor Mia Gormandy in a Women in Pan show in 2016 and the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Each year, the steelbands participating in the Inside Out Steelband festival combine to form a mass band and this year the festival mass band will feature three of Andy Narell’s pieces, The Last Word, Izo’s Mood, and Dee Mwa Wee. Nearly 100 students from the James Bowie High School and McCallum High School steelbands will participate in the festival and mass band which is held at Austin’s One World Theatre.

Professor Liam Teague will be performing May 4, also at One World Theatre, in a show that will feature the Inside Out Community Steelband. The band is open to players of all ages (not just high school students), and is mostly a mix of college age students and adults. For this concert, the Inside Out Community Steelband will be joined by the KIPP Austin Collegiate Steelband (a high school group directed by Brian Klenzendorf).

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