The Steelheads - Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band
  Steelheads History

2011-2012

Concert with Special Guest Andy Narell at Mott Community College.

Outstanding Individual Accomplishments: Steelhead Eugene McBride performs with Alexander Zonjic and Special Guest Kenny G.

2010-2011

Placed in the top 3 nationally at the Panorama Steel Band Competition in Virginia Beach. Only band at the festival to perform two complete panorama arrangements: Pan in A Minor (Kitchener) and Coffee Street (Narell)

2009-2010

Headliners at the TAC Jazz Festival

Gold Award Adjuducator's Trophy, and Best Instrumental Group Award at the Heritage Music Festival in New York City with scores of 97, 100, and 100

Performance at the River Raisin Jazz Festival

Performance at TEDxFlint, streamed live to over 4,000 people around the world

Outstanding Individual Accomplishments:

Steelheads Drummer Eugene McBride placed #2 in the nation at the Guitar Center Drum Competition in Hollywood, CA

Former Steelheads Drummer Daru Jones makes the cover of "Modern Drummer Magazine"

2008-2009

Won the Gold Award at the Panorama Steel Band Competition in Virginia Beach

Opened for Alexander Zonjic and later performed with him at the Carrousel of Nations in Windsor

Performed at the Syracuse National Jazz Festival with Special Guest Andy Narell

Performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival

2007-2008

Concert with Special Guest Andy Narell at Red Ink Studios.

Performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Performed at the Flint Jazz Festival

Performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival

2006-2007

Performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in St. Louis with the highest score of any band at the festival.

Performed at the Mott Community College Ballenger Trust Speaker Series featuring Harry Belafonte as guest speaker.

2005-2006

Performed twice at the Detroit International Jazz Festival with Special Guest Andy Narell.

Performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio

2004-2005

Performed twice at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Won the Gold Award and the Adjudicator’s Trophy at the Heritage Music Festival in New York City.

Performed at the Mott Community College Ballenger Trust Speaker Series featuring Spike Lee as guest speaker.

2003-2004

Performed at the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Featured cover story in School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago with the highest score of any band at the Festival.

Featured guest artists with the Macomb Symphony Orchestra.

2002-2003 Performed at the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.
2001-2002

Performed a concert and a master class at “Journees de la Percussion 2001” at the Paris Conservatoire.

Performed a showcase concert at the 2002 Music Educators National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

2000-2001

Won the national “Call for Tapes”, and performed a showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society International convention in Dallas, Texas.

Performed at the Disability Network National Technology Task Force in Flint, Michigan, which featured President Clinton as guest speaker.

The Steelheads compact disc, Points of Departure, is released.

Recognized as an exemplary program by the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Recognized as an outstanding program by the Michigan Education Association.

1999-2000

Opening performance for Free Flight with an audience of over 1,400 people at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in New York City with the highest score in the 20 year history of the Festival.

1998-1999

One of 35 school groups worldwide selected to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, receiving a citation of excellence from the International Association of Jazz Educators.

The first amateur group from the US to ever perform at the International Nice Jazz Festival in Nice, France.

Performed at the International Jazz a Vienne in Vienne, France.

Performed at the Montreux Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Performed at the Governor’s Education Summit in Lansing, MI.

1997-1998

Opening performance for the Canadian Brass for an audience of over 1,400 people at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago with the highest score of any band at the Festival.

Performed at the Governors’ Conference in Dearborn, Michigan.

1996-1997

Performed as guest artists with the Saginaw Symphony as part of the Holiday Pops concert, broadcast on radio and television throughout Michigan and nationwide in Canada.

Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in London, England, with the highest score of any band at the Festival, including steel bands from London and the Virgin Islands.

Performed at the Midwestern Conference on School Vocal and Instrumental Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1995-1996 Top honors at the Heritage Music Festival in Toronto, with the highest scores of any band at the Festival.

Genesee Intermediate School District
Genesee Intermediate School District

Mott Community College
Mott Community College
1401 E. Court St.
Flint, MI 48503

 

James Coviak - Steelheads Director, MCC Fine Arts Division - MMB1032
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