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Steel Drum Workshop With Aimee Pashby

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm

This is a brand new camp experience at the Shell Lake Arts Center! Explore the culture and idioms of Trinidad and Tobago and learn to make music on a new instrument that you’ve never played before.  This camp is designed for students that have not played Steel Drums before or have limited experience.  No prior knowledge about steel drums is necessary but music reading skills are required.  Students should be proficient in either bass or treble clef.

During the week, our Master Teachers will help you learn about the origins of steel band music and how this style is spreading throughout the United States.  Steel Drums have become one of the newest ensemble opportunities for people to participate in.  Campers will learn the different skills and techniques that are necessary to become a great pan player.  They will also learn to improvise over the various rhythms as well as preparing fun music to perform in concert with the band on Friday Afternoon at our Carnival.

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm

For students completing grades 6-12; Adult Registration as commuter only and with instructor consent.

Residential Tuition
Commuter Tuition

Final Concert:
Friday, July 21 - 5:00pm Shell Lake Pavilion (Rain location Aderman Auditorium)

This camp will feature a perfect blend of ensemble practice and individual growth and practice.  Other experiences involve learning about how Steel Drums are made and tuned.

Before you arrive at camp, all students will take a short, no pressure theory assessment to determine understanding of note reading, rhythm and chords.  This will allow the teacher to plan and prepare for maximum student growth and success!

Daily Schedule
7:15 Wake Up
8:00 Breakfast
9:00  Warm-Up/Improv Class
10:00 History of Steel Band and Listening
10:45  Steel Band Rehearsals
12:00 Lunch
1:00  Steel Band Rehearsal/Individual Practice Time
3:30  Free Time
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Activities/Concerts
10:30  Lights Out

Aimee Pashby

Aimee Pashby is the Director of Instrumental Music at Rice Lake Senior High School in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.  She has been a member of the Shell Lake Concert Band Faculty and also serves as co-director of the Northwoods Middle School Band at the camp. During the summer of 2022, Steel Drums were taught as an elective course. The demand was incredible with many students wanting to learn to play the pans! At Rice Lake High School, Aimee conducts two concert bands, jazz ensembles, a jazz combo, Uke Jam (ukulele jam sessions), Steel Warriors (Steel Drum Ensemble), ImPulse (musical improvisation group)…

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Questions? Feel free to contact us for any additional information.

Accommodations ~ Lodges are available for the duration of the camp session. They are supervised by a professional counseling staff on duty 24 hours each day and meals are prepared under the supervision of a state-approved dietitian.

Commuter students are expected to remain at camp until the day's activities are completed (Typically 9:am-8pm).

Registrations ~ Online registrations are accepted until the camp is full. Students may be placed on a waiting list if desired. A camp registration form is sent after payment is received. All cancellations must be made in writing and received 3 weeks in advance of the start of camp for a full refund. A $75.00 fee will be deducted from your refund. Refunds less than three weeks before camp will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Residential Tuition~Our student tuition is $725 per student and includes instructional fees, room and board and a camp t shirt which will be worn at the final performance. Please refer to the registration materials found on our registration site at Ultracamp for complete details. A $100 down payment is due at the time of registration.  The remaining balance can be paid at the time of registration or in equal monthly installments.  All Tuition must be paid before arrival at camp.

Commuter Tuition~This option is for campers that want to attend our camps but not stay in our dorms, The $400 tuition covers instructional fees, a camp T-Shirt which will be worn at the final performance, meals, and evening activities. Commuters arrive for their first class by 9AM, and can be picked up any time after evening activities conclude (usually around 8pm).

Scholarships ~Each year, the Arts Center raises funds for the scholarship program. If you are interested in applying for an Arts Center scholarship, please visit our website

Check-in/Check-out~Check in begins at 2pm on Sunday of the week your camp begins.  All medical, dietary, and consent forms must be completed in UltraCamp before arriving at camp.  Additional information will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before camp begins.

Additional Information ~ To request disability accommodations, or other special requests, please contact the Arts Center at least two weeks in advance of camp. More information about camp and all of the opportunities available at the Shell Lake Arts Center can be found on our website.

Participants are admitted without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  The Shell Lake Arts Center is an inclusive organization, and we accept all artists and musicians.


July 16 @ 2:00 pm
July 21 @ 5:00 pm
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Shell Lake Arts Center
801 1st St
Shell Lake,WI54871United States
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