This page shows people past and present who have been to Harlow Steel Band and what they thought about their experiences at the band. As well as people who have booked the band in the past.
We would like to thank you all very much for making our day very special
You were all amazing
Thank you for a great day.
The children and young adults here at Meldreth Manor had a great day and the staff thought it was one of the best events we have held here.
All the children and young adults all got something out of it being having a go on the steel pans or just experiencing the atmosphere. We were all made to feel part of it.
All off you helped to make sure everyone one us felt involved and part of what was going on. The range of music you could play from postman pat to more up to date music was great and something for everyone’s taste.
We would love you to come back and we are already thinking of how we could get you back here maybe in the summer for an outside event
Thank you from everyone students and staff from
I joined the steelband when it was founded in 2004, then 'Burnt Mill Steelband'. It started out as an after-school club for pupils, and we had a mere handful of songs - I remember 'Where Is The Love', 'Hey Ya', 'Lovely Day', and the disaster song that was 'My Band'! The band was small and everything was new to me and to the other members, but there was something special there and I loved it from the start, so I stuck with it.
Since then, the band has seen many new faces, a new tutor, new rehearsal venues and a new identity as 'Harlow Steelband'. We've done small school fetes and gigs in retirement homes, but by 2008 we were performing together at Junior Panorama (2nd place!). For me, that was one of the high points of my time in the band.
Another high point for me was a gig in Chelmsford during the early years, around 2005, where our current tutor Sam and I performed a duet of "Für Elise" on the double seconds. To play a duet with Sam Dubois would definitely be a proud moment of mine and I felt rather honoured that he would want to do a duet with me at a public gig! It really spurred me on to get better and better.
I left Burnt Mill School in 2008 to go to The Bishop's Stortford High School to do my A-Levels, and then on to Canterbury Christ Church University to study Music in 2010. Despite leaving Harlow to do my degree, I returned at every opportunity to make music with the steelband. It has always been a constant in my life since it began and has made a massive contribution to my musical development. I left CCCU in 2013 with a first class BMus degree and now live in Vienna, about to start my Master studies in Musicology and teacher studies in German and English. I also intend on setting up a charity musicians organisation and am currently looking for another steelband here in Austria to continue what has become one of my greatest passions, thanks to Harlow Steelband.
From the first rehearsals in the drama studio at Burnt Mill School, to performing at the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012, Harlow Steelband has been a huge part of my life for the past 10 years. During this time the band became like a second family and helped me to develop not only musically but as a person. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special time for me and for always believing in me. I will definitely be back to see how you're getting on!
Thank you Harlow Steelband!
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