Worthing Steel Band - Steel Pan Events

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Steel Band and other Workshops

Jim Bernardin has been working with school children and teachers for over twenty years with his unique brand of music workshops and performances. His ability to connect with both children and adults has kept him in constant demand in schools and events throughout the UK.

Jim’s steel pan workshops are suitable for all ages. They’re great fun and highly effective for corporate teambuilding activities, schools and colleges and anyone who has always wanted to try their hand at playing an instrument. From instant beginners the results are surprising and uplifting.

Jim spent his youth playing sports, and alongside this developed a love of music and drumming in his late-teens. He began his musical career as a professional drummer on cruise-ships and in shows, before moving into education. He has taught percussion in state and independent schools and has directed and composed for various percussion ensembles alongside his teaching. He gained a first class honours degree in music and writing as a mature student and studied marimba and other tuned instruments during this period. At this time he was also a freelance contributor to Rhythm drum magazine, interviewing percussionists and reviewing events.

Jim set up World Music Workshops 10 years ago to offer a range of educational hands-on workshops from across the continents. Schools and clients can choose from various cultural styles including the Steel Pans (Caribbean), Samba (Brazil), African drumming, Chinese LuoGu dragon dance drumming, Dhol drumming (India) and others.

For more information on Jim's workshops, please visit  Workshops'.


Private Party Workshop

School Show

Below are a selection of testimonials of Jim's Workshops:-

Primary School Workshop
“It is unusual to find a first rate musician who can also communicate their skills to children. In schools we usually have to make do with one or the other – in Jim, luckily for us, we found both!”

Paul Evans, Head of Music, Kent schools.

Marks and Spencer Conference
"Wow, what an amazing experience! My team then went on to create and perform two amazing pieces of music within an hour, one from the Caribbean and the other from Brazil. As a result, our final delegate get-together, which should have been a general review of the whole conference, instead became completely dominated by talk of Jim’s workshop!"
B. Butcher, Manager, Marks and Spencer, West Sussex

Staff Teambuild at Prep School
"Dear Jim, Just to pass on our thanks for this afternoon’s Staff Teambuilding session. I have had many comments from the staff who thought it was brilliant. I will be asking you back! Regards"

Christine Jackman
Deputy Head, Notre Dame Senior School, Surrey.

Staff Teambuilding session for FE College
"Thank you Jim! The training day you provided for us was excellent.  We were after a fun teambuilding session and the drumming workshop certainly gave us that.  When you have few chances to get together as a whole department it is important that staff can meet in an informal way that allows them to get to know each other better and put names to faces. This was a great opportunity to work together as a team, excellent for morale and they all left with a smile on their face."

Sue Pratt, Teaching and Learning Development Manager
Northbrook College, West Sussex.

SEN School Workshop and Show
"Jim Bernardin came to perform and do workshops for the whole school.  He brought a wide variety of instruments including his fabulous steel pans.  Jim immediately had a good rapport with the students and performed music with a variety of styles from Caribbean to Chinese.  The students were fully engaged and enjoyed his performance immensely, as did the staff.  They all particularly liked ‘Under the Sea’ on steel pans and many of the younger students were delighted when he played ‘Let it Go’ from the film Frozen.  Many of the students and staff were dancing and moving to the music for the whole performance. Emo, Marcie and myself thoroughly enjoyed both sessions. I have not seen either Emo or Marcie laugh so much in a long time. It was all the more special that they were physically involved. Many, many thanks for giving such pleasure to so many children – the buzz was tangible!"
Teachers feedback, Trelour School, Surrey.

Teachers Samba

Worthing Golf Club Caribbean Night

School Workshop

Festival Workshop