Barrels to Beethoven is an organization focused on the preservation, education, and innovation of the steelpan. Founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Barrels to Beethoven utilizes the steelpan, an afro-Caribbean instrument, as the tool for our educational programming. Sometimes called the steeldrums in America, the correct name of the instrument is steelpan or pan. In order to preserve the steelpan, we provide engaging, entertaining, and interactive opportunities for our community, especially youth, to learn about the steelpan which includes historical context and building technique. Our ultimate goal is to provide a unique but impactful option for music and arts education while developing a new generation of steelpan players, builders, tuners, and enthusiasts.  Ensuring the growth and advancement of this new musical instrument.

Barrels to Beethoven offers uniquely impactful programs developed by Leigh Solomon Pugliano based on her expertise in steelpan education, curriculum development, steelpan history, and youth development. Students of all ages thoroughly enjoy learning all aspects of the steelpan and performance. In addition, children and youth who participate in our steelpan education programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development, increase well-being, self-esteem, and facilitate a successful transition through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood.


Launching in 2019!

The Wilkinsburg Youth Steel Orchestra

The Wilkinsburg Youth Steel Orchestra will provide music, culture, and arts education to children in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. Our program will develop young people into well-rounded musicians with a focus on technical ability, music theory, arranging, and performance.

Participants will perform throughout the region and beyond teaching audiences about the steelpan, their community and showcasing their musical ability and performance skills. The program will focus on:

  • Technique and Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Development
We’re currently fundraising for the orchestra, please make a donation or contact us for sponsorship information and ways to support our program!