Peninsula Pan, Inc.
Peninsula Pan, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting steel drum music in Down East Maine and is listed on www.guidestar.org, a national clearinghouse for non-profit organizations.
Its specific purpose is to provide support for steel drum programs, to educate the general public about this unique musical instrument, the only new orchestral instrument invented in the twentieth century, and for other charitable purposes.
Our mission is to continue a tradition of performing and supporting steel drum music throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula and beyond, and in the process to strengthen a tradition of community-based live music.
In fulfilling its mission, Peninsula Pan supports the activities of Flash in the Pans Community Steelband; awards scholarships, when needed, to local youth and adults taking steelband classes; and organizes and sponsors special events such as these:
Last Night! – a free community New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages in the town of Blue Hill, Maine. Last Night! features activities which include crafts, drama, and dance in addition to a wide variety of musical performances by over 30 individuals and groups. All performers donate their time and talents, and local organizations and businesses donate space and goods. Well over 1500 attend this annual event.
New England Pan Festival – Flash in the Pans has hosted this annual gathering of steelbands in New England three times. Fifteen to twenty steelbands, large and small, gather together on the first weekend of May. Musicians of all ages join together to play, learn and share their music. In addition to the panorama style concert where each band plays 3-4 songs (often including a classical piece) participants also attend workshops. For several years, prestigious bands from Trinidad and New York City have participated in concert and by leading workshops. The public is invited to all festival activities.
Support for Pan Coalition - a group of local pan players from area steelbands as well as other individuals who play pan. Pan Coalition has traveled to Boston, Montreal, and Toronto for steelband competitions and exhibitions. They have come home with first and second prizes in international competitions.
Contributing to Peninsula Pan, Inc.
We welcome financial and in-kind contributions supporting our mission. All contributions are tax deductible. Sponsor benefits are negotiable, and may include your logo, tag line and website linked from our website, recognition at concerts, inclusion of your logo on promotional flyers and posters. Please contact any member of our Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
- Acting Music Co-Director: Bonita Nicolas
- Music Director On Leave: Carl Chase
- Acting Music Co-Director: Nigel Chase
- Band Captain of Flash in the Pans: Scott Koester
6 East Blue Hill Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614