THE CHALLENGE

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Our disadvantaged students lack developmental opportunities to use their intelligence and talent to make positive choices. We eliminate economic and social barriers by providing free transportation to access our free classes with instruments. As kids learn to play and perform, they develop both mental and social skills.

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We have partnered with AustinISD, Boys & Girls Clubs, Austin Parks & Recreation Dept., Austin Children’s Services, Southwest Key’s Travis County Juvenile Probation Program, True Light Day Care, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

BOARD & STAFF

MUSICAL DIRECTOR, Cecil Francis

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Paula Beaird

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TEACHING STAFF

Our teaching staff and advisors are from Trinidad, steelpan’s birthplace. They gained their expertise growing up within Trinidad’s large steel orchestras and have become some of the world’s finest musicians. They provide our students with personal interaction and steelpan experience rarely found outside Trinidad.

GRANTS & SPONSORS

Austin Community Steelband’s professional Steelpan School was founded in 2003 to teach students to play and perform on this unique instrument. We have developed a track record of support for our programs and events.

Grants

Major Sponsors

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.