Carnival of Steel

A premiere DFW world music event, the 2019 Richland College Carnival of Steel Festival, is on Saturday, April 13 at Richland College in Dallas, Texas in its 16th Year!

This year, the COS Festival will feature steel bands, percussion groups, and jazz bands from around the U.S. in a free concert performing all styles of music from Caribbean and Latin to Classical and Rock. The Festival Steel Drum Guest Artist in a performance demo clinic and evening concert will be world-renowned steel drum artist, Ray Holman. Also appearing will be Steel Drum Artist, Festival Tuner, and Massed Band Leader, Shelly Irvine, as well as Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone, Tim Ishii, and Vibraphonist, Ed Smith. Performers receive performance time, comments, recordings, and concert tickets.

Performances will be outdoors in the breezeway on the east side of campus adjacent to Fannin Performance Hall

Schedule of Events

Event TimePerformance Stage/Group
10:25-10:55 a.m.(A) Richland College Jones Jazz Combo
11:00-11:30 a.m.(A) Richland College Fusion Band
11:30-12:00 p.m.(B) Prosper High School Beginning Steel Band
12:00-12:30 p.m.(A) Southwest Legacy HS Jazz Ensemble
12:30-1:00 p.m.(B) Prosper High School Soloists
1:00-1:30 p.m.(B) Prosper High School Iron Eagle Steel Band
1:30-2:00 p.m.(A) Shields Steel Band, Shields El. School
2:00-2:30 p.m.(A) Shields Steel Adult Group
2:30-3:00 p.m.(B) Richland College Williams Jazz Combo
3:00-3:30 p.m.(A) Abilene High School Steel Band
3:30-4:00 p.m.(B) MSU Caribbean Pan Ensemble
4:00-4:30 p.m.(A) Richland College BBJE Rhythm Section
4:30-5:00 p.m.(B) Houston Steel Band
5:00-5:30 p.m.A-Wakeland Jazz Quartet

Performance Stage/Group: There are two stage areas: A and B. They will be labeled on site and are opposite of each other. Groups will be able to set up for 30 minutes while watching another group through this two-stage design.

Event TimeAfternoon Performance Demo Clinic:
Fannin Performance Hall
5:30-6:15 p.m.Clinic with Guest Artist
6:15-8:00 p.m.Dinner Break
Event TimeGuest Artist Evening Concert/
Massed Steel Band Performance
7:45 p.m.Doors Open for Evening Concert Seating
8:00 p.m.Guest Artist Concert in Fannin Hall

Admission for Public to these Events:
Performance Demo - $5 Per Person
Evening Concert - $10 Per Person

More about Carnival of Steel Music Festival

Entry Forms
Group Entry Form | Soloist Entry Form | Vendor Form

Getting Around
Area Map and Directions | Richland College Campus Map | Festival Overview

General Information
Performer & Director | Event and Location Itinerary | Steel Drum Tuning Service

Event Poster
Carnival of Steel 2019 Poster (PDF 1.8 MB)