Our Story

Barrels to Beethoven began as an exhibit to celebrate Leigh’s father, Phil Solomon. Prior to the event Leigh dedicated six months to researching not only her father’s path but learning what she didn’t know about the instrument. Although growing with a builder, tuner and player as a father she knew a lot about the instruments, Leigh also knew there were many more stories to uncover. Through her research and during the celebration, Leigh realized that the exhibition could not be the end but was really the beginning of a new journey.  A journey to tell her story, preserve her father’s legacy, teach steelpan history, and most important, develop a new generation of makers that utilize her father’s exceptional methods to create beautiful instruments.