Foxwood Panyard is a collection of Leeds steelbands, band leaders, teachers and players.
What we have in common is 1. our method of teaching [a combination of Foxwood Songsheets and aural/visual technique], collaborations, some shared tunes. while each band also retains its own identity in terms of repertoire. 2. that we link up with each other if one is short of players at a perticular event.
The birth of the Panyard was with Foxwood Steel Band at Foxwood School in the mid eighties. It was started by Head of Music and Expressive Arts, Victoria Jaquiss, who was then joined by Charlotte Emery. Then Charlotte left in early nineties to become Head of Music at Merlyn Rees High School, where she formed Pantazia which became South Steel when Merlyn merged with Mathew Murray. This then became an adult band, and the new school band was Panzinit.
Foxwood Steel Band became Foxwood Steel Bandits when Foxwood School closed in 1996.
The city-wide high school steelband is the Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows, led by Victoria Jaquiss, assisted by Chris Greer.
North Steel is led by Ben Nunn
Horsforth Steel is led by Victoria Jaquiss
Mean Steel is led by Victoria Jaquiss and Wanda Thorpe
All bands are sponsored by Donovan S Webster memorial Trustfund
The Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows have 3 CDs for sale: First Flight, Still Soaring and Fully Fledged. Contact us via the button below.
Foxwood Panyard's pans are made and tuned by
Pan Stands are made and supplied by
Songs are arranged by members of the bands and also by friends and ex-band-members: Xanthe, Lee, Donna, Paula and Dave
Music is learnt using the Foxwood Songsheets (deliberately imprecise system of notation designed to support the aural tradition] first published in 2005, and available from Lindsay Music - http://www.lindsaymusic.co.uk/
Foxwood on Tour 2007, a short film by Jane Westwood
Anyone wanting to learn to play pans should contact one of three Leeds Music Centres. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel Leeds ArtForms 0113 3782850
Foxwood Steel are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foxwood-Steel/
Victoria can also be found on twitter: @VictoriaJaquiss
Contact Foxwood Panyard using the button on the right