New Ownership

It was ten years ago to the month that Engine Room Publishing was incorporated by Adam and I with the goal of promoting and disseminating excellent music for steel bands. In these ten years we have collected a rare library of new music for steel band from some of the best composers in the genre. The effects of this can be seen at festivals and in school auditoriums across the US and beyond. Additionally, we are honored that dozens of schools have adopted our Classroom Series as part of their curriculum. We believe we have made a meaningful contribution to our field.

With a heavy heart and excitement we are announcing that ERP will be transitioning its ownership to Ted Goslin and Greg Paxton during this summer. For the past several years it has been difficult to keep up with the day to day tasks of the business, especially while living overseas, and the quality of our business has suffered. More importantly, it has become an obstacle to getting good music in the hands of bands. In addition to their entrepreneurial spirit, Ted and Greg also have a deep respect for the genre and will continue with ERP's core mission. I will continue to work with ERP as VP of Curriculum and Development and as a member of its Board of Advisors where I believe I will be able to make a positive contribution. I very much look forward to the company's growth and its continued dedication to its mission.

Thank you to all our customers and composers for these ten years!

David Knapp

New Music from Tracy Thornton

New to Engine Room Publishing are three great charts from Tracy Thornton. Dain Brammage, everyone's favorite Thornton tune, is a heavy, raucous piece perfect as an opener or closer. On the other side, we've added In the Groove of Things and Mood Swings to show off the sweeter sound of your band. Mood Swings especially demonstrates the musicality of steel band with its rich orchestration and haunting dynamics. Click through and check out the YouTube links from other bands!

New Music from Victor Provost

Engine Room Publishing is proud to offer new music from award-winning performer and composer Victor Provost. Magharibi, meaning "Dusk" in Swahili, is a harmonically rich piece written in 12/8 that exploits the ambiguity between 3 and 4. It features a solo section suitable for beginning or advanced improvisors. Soufrière is a haunting tune that combines a Folk aesthetic with Jazz harmonies and the Zouk rhythm of Guadeloupe. It's simple melodic structure and simple optional solo make Soufrière an excellent choice for intermediate steel bands. In addition to these exciting new pieces for steel band, Engine Room Publishing will be releasing new music by Victor Provost in the coming months!

PDF Downloads Available

We are very pleased to announce that PDFs are available to download for most of our sheet music library. Do you need a piece for your steel band immediately? Check out our catalog! You could be playing through one of our excellent pieces in minutes. Digital versions of our sheet music are also cheaper and customers save on shipping. Still prefer hard copies? Don't worry, we still sell those. And customers ordering hard copies will also be allowed to download PDFs for free!

Introducing Skiffle Bunch's Mambo

Mambo Steel Band Cover

This transcription makes available a wonderful tune in Skiffle Bunch's library for steel bands everywhere. Mambo is a perfect concert opener, closer, or road tune. Even more, through Jeffrey Jones' insightful writing about Skiffle Bunch in the front matter to the score, students are provided the fascinating performance history of the piece. Through this, the connection between Mambo and the sense of community within one of Trinidad's premiere steel bands becomes known.

Percussive Notes Reviews

Percussive Arts Society's magazine Percussive Notes has recently reviewed two steel band pieces published by Engine Room Publishing, Chris Tanner's Over the Rainbow and Dave Longfellow's Number 2. Read the reviews! If you don't get Percussive Notes, find a friend who does. And if you're looking for some great music for next year, consider picking up a copy of these tunes.