Branches Pangroove Steel Orchestra
30 Years and counting...
Branches Steel Orchestra is a unique not-for-profit community organization that teaches children the art of playing the Steel Drums (Pans). Branches has gained a reputation for outstanding artistic excellence. Our program is suited for beginners with little or no music experience to experienced musicians. Branches is a well known name within the Boston community commanding respect for its artistic achievements and values that it represents and instills in our students.
The Branches Steel Orchestra program motivates and guides young people towards lifelong goals by challenging their minds and getting them involved in music and activities that require them to learn skills needed in life such as commitment, punctuality, patience, how to be a team player, and most of all respect for self and others.
The Steel Drum was invented in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 20th century. "Roots" in the beginning played the folk and calypso music of the Caribbean islands. Today there are about 60 members ranging from age seven to adult. Ninety percent of the members are under age eighteen. These dedicated young musicians rehearse 9 hours each week. However, during the summer period members rehearse 18 or more hours weekly.
Rehearsals held at the panyard:
Friday 6:00pm to 9:30pm