Workshop Location Info Coming Soon


Our guest clinicians will present sectional workshops concurrently, followed by an interactive clinic and mass steel band performance. These workshops are open to any band participating in the festival, as well as anyone with their own instruments and desire to learn!

Friday, May 8: 10:00AM-4:00PM


24th Street Pavilion - Virginia Beach Oceanfront


All ensembles will receive a trophy which will be presented at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. A medal, if earned, representing the appropriate rating, will be draped around the trophy.

Saturday, May 9: 9:00AM - 6:00PM


Adjudicators 2019

Amrit Samaroo
Steel Pan Composer, Arranger, Educator

Dr. Jeanine Remy
Director, UWI Steel Pan & Percussion Studies

Eugene Novotney
Steel Pan Composer, Educator

Malika Green
Steel Pan Educator, Composer


Matt Dudack
Steel Pan Composer, Arranger, Educator 

Amrit samaroo - Steel Pan Composer, Arranger, educator


Born 2nd July 1982, Amrit Samaroo has always been inspired by the work of his father, Jit Samaroo. During his formative years he played the tenor pan and won first place at the San Fest and School’s Music Festival in 1992 and 1999 respectively. Amrit holds an Associate Degree in Performing Arts from COSTAATT (The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago), and Bachelor of Arts in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies. He was the first winner of the Music Literacy Trust Fund Scholarship.

Although he enjoyed success as a pannist, his passion was arranging music for steelband. Amrit stood out from his début with the BP Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra taking them to winner’s row at the National Junior Panorama Competition in their first three years (2002-2004). In senior competition, Amrit has taken numerous bands to their respective National Panorama finals at home and abroad, including Pantime Steel Orchestra (St. Lucia 2005-2017), Adlib Steel Orchestra (United States 2016 & 2017) and BP Renegades (Trinidad and Tobago 2008 & 2009), when he stood as arranger after his father's retirement. He has also arranged music for Renegades in competitions like the "Pan is Beautiful Steelband Festival" and the "Pan Jazz Challenge" where they finished well in the top-three.     

However, Amrit's mark on the steelband world has been made with the First Citizens Supernovas Steel Orchestra, as founder, band leader and musical director. Since its inception in 2010, Supernovas has soared to greatness, winning the small band competition in the 2014 panorama, second place finishes in the International Conference and Panorama and on début as a large band in 2016. The story of Supernovas and Amrit were featured in the National Geographic's Traveller Magazine and on the Japanese documentary "Earth Beat" both in 2016.  

Amrit has also composed memorable “made-for-pan” calypsos such as “Breakthrough”, “T.K.O.” and the popular “Band from Space”. In 2016 he lent his talents to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee with composition of the theme song, "Bleeding Red, White and Black" performed by Roderick "Chuck" Gordon. His duets for pan and conventional instruments, "Waltz of the Dame Lorraine" & "Dance of the Fancy Sailor" were featured in the National Steel Symphony Orchestra's "Pan on a Higher Note" concert series in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

As an educator, Amrit has conducted workshops in pan-playing techniques, steelband history and steelband arranging at the 'Pan New England Steel Band Festival' (2008); 'PANorama Steel Band Festival' (2011) and 'PANfest' (2015) in Virginia Beach. Amrit has also shared his knowledge and experiences in new markets for the instrument such as Singapore (2016) and China (2017) in exhibitions and workshops. 

Amrit is also currently a musician and a staff arranger of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago where he has performed for world leaders and royalty, including Queen Elisabeth II of the United Kingdom, King Juan Carlos of Spain and the United States President Barack Obama.


Dr. Jeanine Remy - Director, UWI Steel Pan & Percussion Studies

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Dr. Jeannine Remy earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Northern Illinois University and her Doctorate from the University of Arizona.   She first visited Trinidad in 1989 as part of her doctoral research at the University of Arizona to research pan, and perform in panorama with the Invaders Steel Orchestra.

In 1998 Dr. Remy conducted BWIA Invaders for the Pan Is Beautiful Competition.  She has received numerous faculty research grants, including a Fulbright in 2000-2001, to research and archive Trinidad and Tobago steelpan music.  In 2003, she became the first foreign female arranger of large conventional steelbands for Petrotrin Hatters Steel Orchestra.

Her compositions for steelband and percussion ensemble, The Rainmakers Tropical Journey in Percussion and Steel, earned a showcase performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November of 2008 in Austin, Texas.  Many of her compositions for solo steelpan are also available in the UWI Pan Exam books.  Dr. Remy released her first CD with the UWI Percussion Ensemble in May of 2010. 

That same year she won the Pan in the 21st Century Competition with Curepe Sforzata Steel Orchestra.

Dr. Remy is a senior lecturer of music in the Department for Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and currently teaches courses in percussion, steelpan arranging, steelpan history, steelpan literature, world music, and music of the Caribbean. 

 In September of 2015 Dr. Remy’s launched her first book entitled the Invaders Steel Orchestra: The History of a Legendary Trinidad Steelband, co-authored by Ray Funk.  In 2017, she co-authored another book on the entitled Steelpan in Education: A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband with Ray Funk and Andy Martin. Soon to be launched is another book written by Dr. Remy called The Saga of Milton Wire Austin and the Fonclaire Steel Orchestra which is a part her research on the steelbands and pannists from the South of Trinidad.  This is being accomplished through the assistance of Mr. David Balbosa, Chairman, South/Central Region of Pan Trinbago.

Eugene Novotney - Steel Pan Composer, Educator


­­As a percussionist and composer, Eugene Novotney has performed and presented lectures and master classes in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is internationally recognized as a steelpan artists and scholar, and has been involved in the steelpan movement in the United States since 1982. In 1985, he founded the first steelband in the California State University System, the Humboldt State Calypso Band, which he still leads and directs. He has performed in Trinidad’s National Panorama Competition four times (1993, 1994, 2003, 2010), and he has served six times as an adjudicator for Pan Trinbago, the national governing body for the advancement of steelband music in Trinidad & Tobago. He was a member of the adjudication panel of Trinidad’s World Steelband Festivals in 1998, 2000, and 2008 held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and also was an adjudicator for Trinidad’s World Steelband Festival 2005 held in Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. In addition, he was a member of the adjudication panel of the 2000 European Steelband Festival held in Paris, France, the adjudication panel for the 2005 Trinidad National Schools Music Festival held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and an adjudicator for the 2010 and 2011 Virginia Arts festival PANoramas held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at California State University-Humboldt in Arcata, California, and is the founder of the ‘Percussion in World Music’ program for the California State University Summer Arts Program. In 2006, Dr. Novotney was awarded the Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University Board of Trustees, an award that recognizes California State faculty who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves through exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines. In 2014, Dr. Novotney was honored as the recipient of Humboldt State University’s distinguished Outstanding Professor Award, an award reserved for faculty who have made superlative contributions to the university and the community in terms of their service, their professional and creative activities, and their outstanding record of teaching excellence. In 2017, Dr. Novotney was selected as the recipient of the Sunshine Award for Education and the Performing Arts in a ceremony held at the AXA Equitable Theatre in NYC for his lifelong dedication to the promotion of Caribbean culture worldwide. Eugene Novotney currently serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Committee, and is the Senior Editor of The Steel Times, the professional journal of the National Society of Steel Band Educators. His recordings have been released on the Bembe, Delos, SANCH, Pogo, Rituals and Earthbeat (Rhino) labels, and his compositions and arrangements are available through Smith Publications of Sharon, Vermont and Mau Mau Music of Cleveland, Ohio. His professional artists endorsements include Black Swamp Percussion and REMO Incorporated.


Malika Green - Steel Pan Educator, Composer

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Malika Green  is an educator, arranger, composer and performer on the steelpan and resides in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago. Before relocating to the Caribbean in January 2019 Malika was the Director and creator of Steel Orchestras section of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) and its Community Engagement Coordinator. Her interest in music started at age eight with the piano. At 12, after taking a steel band class during a summer with her grandmother in Trinidad, she added pan. In high school she began arranging and composing for both the steelpan and piano.  Later, she would pursue BA and MM in steelpan performance at the Northern Illinois University (NIU). There she studied under professors Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, who both encouraged her to continue creating music. Working with these exceptional educators inspired her to continue on her path of a career with steelpan at the center. After completing NIU she went on to work with The Cultural Academy for Excellence located in the outskirts of Washington DC. Green recently completed a Global Fulbright Scholar program (2017-2018) during which she studied pedagogical practices in youth steel band programs in London, Toronto and Trinidad.  Her passion for introducing young students to the steelpan, and creating paths for students to development socially while exploring different cultures and musical styles is central to her approach. In January 2019 she relocated to Trinidad and has since judged Junior Panorama, participated in panorama with Renegades Steel Orchestra and is collaborating with Golden Hands (steelband program) and the Carnival Institute to develop new approaches to for steelpan education. She enjoys working with other educators to develop systems that bring effective steelpan teaching methods to educators around the world

Matt Dudack - Steel Pan Composer, Arranger, Educator


Matt Dudack brings a unique perspective to the world of percussion, comfortable performing in a steelband, percussion ensemble, or symphony orchestra.  His varied studies have led him to performances in Europe and NYC with Akros Percussion Collective as well as Trinidad and Tobago as a steelpan performer.  These experiences have helped him to become a better performer and teacher, at all levels of instruction.

As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron, Matt continues to raise the bar for collegiate percussionists.  As Artistic Director of the acclaimed University of Akron Steel Drum Band, he has earned a Grammy Award nomination for the recording, "Live at EJ Thomas Hall," and has earned two Emmy Award nominations for his contributions to "Hammer on Steel," which was featured on PBS.   For information about the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, visit

 Founds Sounds is a versatile percussion group created by Matt which performs private and corporate bookings as well as countless in-school concerts. Founds Sounds is on the roster of the Children's Concert Society of Summit County as well as the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in Cleveland.

 Matt is a founding member of Akros Percussion Collective, a percussion chamber ensemble which pushes the boundaries of new and experimental music.  Akros recently performed at the "Blurred Edges" festival in Hamburg, Germany, at So Percussion's "Night of Awesome(ness)" in NYC, and 2019 brings performances of Chris Shultis' new percussion opera, "Lost in the Woods," to Philadelphia and NYC.  Akros continues to commission new works for percussion and has performed at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.  

 His method for steelpan, one of the first of its kind, is published at along with his compositions and arrangements for steelband.  He has been a clinician/artist with steelbands of all levels, including the College of Southern Nevada, the Dover High School Steelband (Ohio), the Summit Academy Steelband (Ohio), the Hoban High School Steelband (Ohio) and the Jackson High School Steelband (Ohio).

 Matt Dudack is currently director of the Miller South Steelband at the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Akron, Ohio and is a music instructor at Canton Country Day School in Canton, Ohio. Matt is also member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and holds degrees from the Hartt School (BM Music Education) and the University of Akron (MM Percussion Performance).  His primary teachers are Benjamin Toth, Dr. Larry Snider, and Dr. Rosemary Small.