Eighth-annual Ohio Valley Festival of Steel May 10

Plans are being made for the eighth-annual Ohio Valley Festival of Steel, an event shaping up to be another “pan marathon,” according to Shelly Irvine, festival founder and coordinator.

The event will be held May 10 at Catholic Central High School with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. and continuing through 7:20 p.m., the scheduled time for a mass band performance and the presentation of plaques.

Admission for the public is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; and free to those age 6 and younger.

The band registration fee is $100, which covers performers and directors.

The CCHS Band Boosters, Principal Rich Wilinski and CCHS Director Eric Zalenski will serve as hosts.

Participants so far include Ravenna High School, Carrollton High School, Urban Pathways, John Marshall High School, Pantuner Harmonix, Steel Angels, Wheeling Middle School, Divine Steel, Steel Alchemy, New Philadelphia High School, Steubenville High School, CCHS and Shelly Irvine and the Steeltones

The mass band tunes will be a mini “Pan Rocks” set of Dain Brammage & Smells Like Teen Spirit led by our terrific guest artist Tracy Thornton.

The festival is open to the public. Food concessions will be provided by the CCHS Band Boosters.

The Ohio Valley Festival of Steel is an annual event for steel drum bands to share their current musical program in a single-day festival setting, according to Shelly Irvine, festival founder and coordinator. Each performance should last approximately 20 minutes, and each group receives a commemorative plaque. The main objective is for directors, students, parents and pan fans to come together to share, learn and enjoy the gift of music on the steel drum, Irvine said.

For information, contact Irvine by phone at (740) 381-3613 or by e-mail at irvine787@comcast.net.