About Us

The Steel Pan Collective was founded by Skip Waugh in 2013. Skip's vision and the organization's initial goal was to connect the steel pan community through a yearly festival called The Pan People Music Festival, which was focused on education and performance. The festival was held during June of 2015 and 2016. We are very proud of these efforts but feel that the impact was less than anticipated in terms of bringing pan to the forefront in Colorado. We believe that this organization would better serve the community by sponsoring projects that promote pan art and artists, providing educational steel pan services, and connecting with the local community through outreach programs and performances.

Our board of directors is comprised of Colorado residents who are all proficient in the performance and pedagogy of pan.

Andrew Neldon

Executive Director

Andrew Neldon’s diverse experience performing in traditional and multicultural ensembles, and strong foundation in educational practices have helped him become a well-respected percussionist and music educator. His knowledge and skill with steel pans are prominent features of his musical background and career. Andrew’s passion for the Trinidad-born instrument has afforded him opportunities to perform internationally with world-renowned artists.

Andrew is a West Virginia native, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado where he pursues his passion for music, steel pan, and the outdoors. He regularly performs with Pan Nation, Pan Jumbies, The Pan Association, Last Nerve, The Radio Band, and other local artists.