Hi! My name is Tish, and am
from The Steel Workshop! A new and exciting venture to bring music
education to children using steel drums. When I was 12 years old, I
was introduced to the sounds and performance of a live steelband at
my school, and was instantly hooked! I had no idea what a steelband
was, but it was the most amazing thing I had ever heard and seen,
and I immediately said "I want to be part of that!"
I am now 32 years old, and have been playing the steel drum and
participating in bands for 20 years. I am a New Zealand Citizen,
living in Auckland, and have been performing with The Caribbeanz
Southern Stars Steelband for 8 years, for which I have been the
In 2013 & 2015, we participated in the Australian Steel Band
Festivals where there were a total of 10 steelbands which took
part. In 2013, we were the only steelband from New Zealand, one
from Oman, and the rest all from Australia. In 2015, we were one of
two New Zealand bands, and the rest from Australia. This showed us
that it is something that is definitely alive and known in
Australia, but it also made us realize that the steelband community
in New Zealand is still very young, but has the potential to
In the festival, there were a number of young school bands who
performed, and this blew me away! It reminded me of my school
years, and seeing the looks of joy and excitement on the children's
faces as they performed in front of the crowd, just made me want to
bring this into the schools in New Zealand!
Since then, I have had the ambition to teach the steel drum to
young students in schools, and have had the opportunity to work
with a school up North in Ruakaka, called Bream Bay College, who
owns a small set of steel drums, and has established their
steelband, now known as The Panimals. The school is extremely
excited and proud of their band, and I hope to use them as an
example for other schools who may also be interested in starting
their own steelband.
With the assistance of this project, I hope to raise enough
money to help assist me in purchasing a set of steel drums (a small
orchestra), to do "travelling workshops" to schools around
Auckland. I am the director of The Steel Workshop, and hope to
create enough interest amongst the teachers and students so that we
can create more school steelbands, as well as bring something
different to the children, who I know will absolutely love it!
The history of the steel drum also brings an introduction to
Caribbean culture and its amazing heritage.
ABOUT THE STEEL DRUM:
There is a lot to tell you, but in short, it is the national
instrument of Trinidad & Tobago, and was invented in the
1930's. They are made from 55 Gallon Oil Drums, and tuned to
difference voices, ranging from tenor, alto, soprano and bass.
Steelbands (or steel orchestras) can range from 3 players, up to
They are hand made by highly skilled Pan Makers & Tuners,
but unfortunately we do not have a pan maker living in New Zealand,
and therefore need to import these instruments. I will be importing
them from an established Trinidadian Pan Maker living in Australia,
who has helped build up the steel band movement in Australia.
It is a fantastic instrument to captivate our youth, as
well as bring a different approach to learning music. You don't
need to know how to read music, and is a great tool to bring a
class or group of people together. It also creates happiness and a
sense of self-satisfaction when performing, while also captivating
audiences around you with its festive and enchanting sounds. The
steel drum (or pan) is also quite commonly used for remedial and
I have the best fun when performing and teaching this instrument
to people. It makes me happy, and I want to share this fun and
enthusiasm with our youth here in Aotearoa. This is my
absolute dream, and I look forward to this opportunity!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
40 MONTHS AGO
Thank you to everyone who has helped support me over this Boosted Campaign! I am in total awe of how much support and encouragement that I have received!!!
The campaign still has a few days left to go!! So if you still feel you would like to help and support, please feel free to donate! Every fund raised will go towards helping me purchase the set of steel pans, which will help me bring this amazing instrument to all of the schools around Auckland and (hopefully) beyond!
Thank you all again so much! Your support is well appreciated!
Workshops with Bream Bay College
41 MONTHS AGO
Bream Bay Workshops - Learning Under the Sea
41 MONTHS AGO
This is a collection of some videos I had of us learning the Little Mermaid's Under The Sea.
I travelled up north on regular visits to hold workshops with The Bream Bay College students. This was one of the songs that we worked on over a couple of workshop sessions. They then performed it live at our annual Carnival Night which was held on 16th April 2016 in Auckland.
The students love performing this song, and you can see this by their enthusiasm and happy vibe that they show while playing the pans.