Jan. 4 - 14 Saint Lucia, West Indies

Join us for the second annual workshop of steel pan and Brasilian percussion music in Laborie, Saint Lucia. This 11-day experience will be packed with instruction; steel band rehearsals, master classes covering the history of steel band music, arranging, and improvising with world-renowned pan player/composer Andy Narell, and Brasilian Samba Batucada (Carnaval drumming) with Jason Koontz, director of percussion at Eastern Kentucky University.

The workshops are held in the small and beautiful village of Laborie (, a culturally vibrant community, where you will be able to enjoy the local cuisine, the beaches, historic sites, hikes, magical sunsets and the company of friendly locals. 

Written music and mp3’s will be sent to participants before the workshop to prepare, and the workshop will culminate with a free collaborative concert with members of the Laborie Steel Pan Orchestra for the Laborie community,  

There are only 26 participant spots available, so apply by Oct. 1st, 2017 to reserve yours! A $250US deposit via paypal is due by Oct. 31st to secure your reservation and housing.

The 2018 workshop has two pricing options:

($950 USD) – workshop program with economy housing for 12 nights (either single accommodation in a homestay with breakfast included, or double occupancy in a self- contained apartment)

($1,200 USD) – workshop program with premium economy housing for 12 nights (single accommodation in a self-contained guest house)

Both workshop packages include: (3) 2-hour master-classes, (9) 2.5- hour steel band rehearsals, (4) 2-hour Brasilian drumming rehearsals, Jam session ("Live at Mama Rose!") with Andy Narell, Laborie concert performance, meals at local restaurants, Beach BBQ picnic,excursions: waterfall swim/hike, visit to the famous sulphur hot springs, Piton nature trail hike, Laborie village tour, excursion transportation and entrance fees, housing (12 nights), and Laborie Steel Orchestra instrument use (steel pans and Brasilian drums). 

*Tuition covers housing from Jan 3th - Jan. 14th. If workshop participants want to extend their stay we can make arrangements and negotiate a price.

*Round-trip airfare to either airport in Saint Lucia (SLU) George F.L. Charles airport in Castries, or (UVF) Hewanorra International airport in Vieux-Fort., and meals not listed in the workshop inclusions will be the responsibility of the individual participants. 

*Airport transfer from (UVF) is included - transfers from/to (SLU) will cost an extra $50US due to airport distance from Laborie. In either case, we will arrange to have you picked up and taken to the airport for departure.

*Individuals wishing to sign up to participate in the workshop after Oct. 31st may incur an increase in pricing due to housing availability.

I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work, consideration and generosity and overall good spirits during our time in Laborie. I very much appreciate your efforts and want you to know that I benefitted greatly from the experience, learned so much in ten short days and had a ball to boot. Good company all around and Laborie really is a special place.
— Michael Shantz, Director of the Seattle Women's Steel Band

Another Heart-felt Testimonial; 

How to begin ? The place is ideal, beautiful, peaceful, next to the sea. I loved it. The feeling was immediately good. The organisation, Perfect. The welcome, warm. The excursions, very nice. The included meals, delicious. It allows us to know the different restaurants, good idea.(it's an exercice to find new positive adjectives!) The atmosphere, relaxed. The weather, all we need in January. The steelpan program, it's still a big pleasure to play Andy's music, you know that. (not pressure, not competition, just pleasure to play as well as we can.) Conclusion, I was not so far from paradise, really. Bravo.

Delphine Denis - Pan player and graphic artist, France