Pulses & Beats School of Pan opens November 9th!
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is happy to announce the formation of Pulses & Beats – A Steel Pan Music School available to students in Grades 1 through 8 who live in Boston and beyond. We teach steel pan technique, percussion technique, ensemble performance, different cultural styles of music and Basic Music Theory. We will meet every Saturday from 11am-2pm (except Thanksgiving & Christmas Weekends) through January 11th. Students will sign up for classes that go from 11am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-2pm. Each semester requires a $70 deposit per student, $50 of which is returned at the conclusion of the semester. For more information contact Mr. Charleston Sarjeant at BostonSteelPan@gmail.com.
Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra
Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra, formed in 1995, is a community steel band and music program for youth. For nearly 25 years we have dazzled audiences around New England with our fun and flavorful renditions of traditional hymns mixed in with popular music, classical, Latin and of course Calypso and Soca, traditional to the steel pan (“steel drums”).
Heavenly Fire – Boston’s only steel band that is active year-round – features a vibrant and talented roster of youth and families ready to entertain and enlighten. Heavenly Fire is open to anyone 13 and older from all musical backgrounds.
Charleston Sarjeant Jr.
Administrator & Lead Instructor – Pulses & Beats School of Pan
Director & Musical Arranger – Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra
Charleston Sarjeant Jr is a steel pannist, keyboardist, percussionist, arranger and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. For nearly 25 years beginning at the age of 8, he has been on the forefront of New England’s steel pan scene, first as a “child prodigy” and continuing today as a leader, educator and representative of the art form.
Charleston began playing steel pan under the tutelage of his mother Debra ‘Sista D’ Sarjeant. By 1998 was arranging and directing for local steel bands. In 2001, he formed his own group, ‘Pan United’, which immediately became a top steel band in the Boston area. Charleston received many awards and commendations for his work with Pan United including in 2005 a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for “promoting steel pan and music culture in the inner city”. That same year, he was hired by the Boston Public Schools to start a steel pan program and to teach in it, which he did for over 10 years.
Charleston plays in the Dis-N-Dat Band, a group led by his mother, where he has been the full time keyboardist since 2006. They enjoy touring and playing festivals across the United States and countless engagements in New England. They have backed many international reggae artists including Anthony B, Queen Ifrica and Everton Blender. The band was recently nominated for the 2018 Boston Music Awards “International Artist of the Year”.
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