Barrels to Beethoven connects audiences through music, culture, and history. Our steelpan education programs are designed to provide youth and adults with a well-rounded music education experience in a joyful and affirming atmosphere. In 2020 we discovered creative and innovative ways to continue our mission of providing impactful arts education, teaching accurate historical and cultural … More Share the joy! Support a legacy.
Today celebrates St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians—the reason Leigh Solomon Pugliano chose this day 5 years ago to launch a Barrels to Beethoven exhibition to celebrate her father, Phil Solomon a renown steelpan builder, tuner, and player. She didn’t imagine that 5 years later it would be an organization making an impact throughout … More Barrels to Beethoven Celebrates 5 Years!
Contribute to our youth programming at our summertime steelpan fundraiser. There can’t be a better way to both contribute to our local youth and spend a Saturday night with family, friends, or your inner creative self! Let’s Play Pan 21+ is a nightlong summer workshop for adults to learn the basics of steelpan in a … More Play, Eat, Drink and Do Good at Let’s Play Pan 21+!
Steelpan history, playing and performance at a unique, engaging summer camp! Children ages 8 and up are invited to join us for an engaging, unique and empowering musical experience! Kids will learn the history of and how to play the steelpan, an Afro-Caribbean instrument. Camp will be hosted by Barrels to Beethoven at St. Edmund’s … More August Kids Pan Camp!
We definitely had a #SummerOfSteel. We planned a series of events and programs and each one was better than the next! And since then we’ve been busy planning for fall. Check out our schedule and join us! October 7th – Brett Staggs Album Release Party @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse – Let’s Play Pan Session! October 15th & … More Join Us This Fall!
Our summer session begins on June 20th, please join us! Lessons Private and group sessions are available throughout the summer. Group lessons are perfect for siblings, family or friends. Groups of 4 are required for the group rate. Lessons are offered evenings and weekends throughout the summer. *Other times may be accommodated. Teen Steel Band Students … More Summer of Steel!
There is so much happening in the world of pan. With social media and the Internet we can see it all. Which, in the areas of awareness and support, can and should be great for the Steelpan. The problem is, it seems that quantity has overcome quality and I’m seeing a lot more bad than … More With Steelpan, Quality and History Matter
There are many wonderful reasons that schools and organizations want to start a steelpan program or steel band. The benefits are vast and the popularity of the program, spreads quickly. The process of starting a program can be daunting and with so many options, determining things like which instruments to purchase and from where, can … More Starting a Steelpan Program
Barrels to Beethoven helps to “set the tone” at Pittsburghs first Maker Faire! This was the feedback we received from the Maker Faire team. What a compliment to our organization! We were so happy to participate in the Maker Faire. The Barrels to Beethoven booth welcomed guests as they entered the Faire and provided not … More Barrels to Beethoven @ The Maker Faire