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Steel drums bands coming to Steubenville Saturday

May 3, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -The sound of steel drum music will be heard downtown Saturday, as the annual Ohio Valley Festival of Steel takes place beginning at 11 a.m. at the city high school, 420 N. Fourth St.

The doors open at 10:30 a.m., with festival performances beginning at 11 a.m.

Tickets are available at the door, and admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; and ages 6 and younger are admitted free.

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The 2012 Ohio Valley Festival of Steel, featuring local and international steel drum bands and performers, is set for Saturday at Steubenville High School. The entire day will be devoted to performances, workshops and demonstrations as well as a documentary, according to organizer Shelly Irvine.

Dozens of steel drum performers from area high schools will be performing as well as films and workshops offered, according to a release from Shelly Irvine, event organizer.

"Ellie Mannette and Kaethe George from Mannette instruments will be joining us for the festival this year," said Irvine, adding Mannette is a steel drum legend.

"At 2:30 p.m. the schedule includes a viewing of the vintage, black-and-white documentary '18 on Steel.' This short film shot in Trinidad in the '50s features (Mannette) playing with the Invaders as a young man. He will be available to narrate and make commentary during and after the viewing."

Guest artist Tracy Thornton also will be making an appearance, and Ron Kerns from Panyard Inc. will have a booth with items for sale, including mallets, recordings, instruments, accessories and more, according to Irvine.

"Marc Svaline of Hillbridge Music will be present to answer any questions regarding the Hillbridge sheet music catalog," said Irvine, adding performers can take an offer for one free arrangement from the catalog by visiting

"Steve Lawrie from will also have a booth featuring his latest instruments," said Irvine, adding performers can visit for information. Commemorative 2012 T-shirts will be available at the festival.

Events include the opening at 11 a.m.; the Wheeling Middle School Steel Drum Band at 11:05 a.m.; New Philadelphia High School Steel Drum Band, 11:30 a.m.; Divine Steel, noon; John Marshall High School Steel Drum Band, 12:30 p.m.; Summit Academy, 1 p.m.; Steel Cassa, 1:30 p.m.; screening of the documentary "18 On Steel" with Ellie Mannette, 2: 30 p.m.; Pantuner Harmonix, 3 p.m.; Ravenna High School Steel Drum Band, 3:30 p.m.; Catholic Central High School Steel Drum Band, 4 p.m.; Steubenville High School Steel Drum Band, 4:30 p.m.

Plaques for participating bands also will be presented during the concert. For information, call (740) 381-3613 or e-mail

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