De Smile Behind de Mask

Monday, July 27, 2020

Steel Magic players wearing their masks
From the video

Steel Magic Northwest, the local community youth and adult steel band program, has released a music video with an upbeat and timely message about wearing masks during the COVID-19 crisis. 

"De Smile Behind de Mask" was composed and performed by founder and Executive and Artistic Director Gary Gibson, with video contributions by numerous members of the organization's seven steel bands. The video can be viewed on their YouTube channel or on their website,

Steel Magic Northwest is pressing ahead with its annual "Summer Steelband Intensive" August 10-14 in Edmonds. Rehearsals will be held outdoors under canopy, with social distance and masks. 

This is an opportunity for beginners and the curious to give playing in a steel band a try. Youth entering 5th grade and older are eligible to participate in the afternoon youth band. Adults can sign up for the evening adult group.

Gibson states, "We made the video in reaction to some comments I heard from children that masks make people look mean or angry; we wanted to show that people can smile behind your mask, too, and put a positive spin on mask-wearing."

For more information, visit the group's website at


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