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    Welcome to our Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra (CKSO) Webpage
     
    CKSO is fully booked for the Summer of 2022!
     
     
     
     

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    At the bottom of the summer schedule, there is a newly updated photo section of truly wonderful and memorable moments !  Check them out ! ....

     

    NEXT - WELCOME TO ARI GIORDANO !

    As you may or may not know, Mr. Kowalski retired from his teaching position in Lancaster after a wonderfully fulfilling 39-year career.  He (I) stayed on as director of CKSO until I was sure the "right director" was in place.  I am THRILLED to announce we have that ! 

    Mrs. Ariana Giordano was officially named director of the CKSO in January. 

    Don't think Mr. K is gone quite yet!  I will still be a part of the group this school year and summer sharing and imparting all the needed information that goes into every "gig" for a smooth transition. 

    So for now, you will see us BOTH working in tandem with CKSO ! 

     

     

    Summer 2022 

     We are back !   Please check our summer schedule below. 

    Bring a chair for those marked with an asterisk !

     

     

    August

     *August 19, Friday - Sacred Heart Church, Genesee Street, Bowmansville, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (Food Trucks!)

     

     

    Completed performances - Summer 2022

    Thank you ALL for your support of CKSO!

    * June 17, Friday - Hillview Elementary, 2:10 - 3 pm 

    * June 25, Saturday - Gig in West Seneca,  4:00 - 5:30 pm

    * June 28, Tuesday- The Amberleigh, 2330 Maple Rd., 6:00 - 7:30 pm

    * June 30, Thursday - Quaker Summer Music Series, 60 South Lincoln, Orchard Park, 7 - 8:30 pm

    *July 6th, Wednesday - Alden Town Park, 7 - 9pm

    July 7, Thursday - DOUBLE HEADER - M&T Plaza, 12 - 1pm 

    July 7, Thursday - DOUBLE HEADER -  Village of Depew Summer Concert Series, Veteran's Park, Terrace Drive - 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

    * July 10, Sunday - Olcott Gazebo, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

    July 12, Tuesday - Cheektowaga Senior Center, Union and Broadway, 6 - 8:00 pm

    July 13, Wednesday - Private event,  10 - 11:00 am

    *July 14, Thursday  - Bennington Music Series, Town of Bennington, 7 - 8:30 pm 

    July 17, Sunday - St. John Paul II Lawn Fete, 2052 Lake View Rd, Lakeview, 2 - 3:30 pm 

    **CANCELLED**July 19, Tuesday - Burchfield Nature and Arts Series, Union Road south of Clinton, 6:30 - 8 pm 

    *July 21, Thursday - Private event in Newstead, 5:30 - 7 pm

    * July 25, Monday - CKSO Senior Send Off Concert - 7 - 8:45 pm 

    Richard E Pascucci Bandshell - 200 Oxford in Lancaster, next to the Lancaster Youth Bureau

    (At this concert, a Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner is available, funds to benefit the Lancaster Youth Foundation)

    * July 27, Wednesday - Angola Centennial Park (Park and Center Streets), 7 - 9 pm  

    * July 28, Thursday - St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 6 - 7:30 pm (Food trucks!) 

    July 31, Sunday - Private Function

    ( * Bring a chair for these concerts)

     

     

    Wonderful Memories and Special Times ! 

     

     

    3 Directors

    Three generations of CKSO Directors

    John Marone (founder of CKSO) - 1975 - 1998 - Left

    Ken Kowalski - 2001 - 2021 - Right

    Ariana Giordano - 2021 - ???  Center ! 

    Depew Gazebo Concert - July 2022

     

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    M&T Summer Music Events

    Main Street Buffalo, July 2022

     

     

    Depew Gazebo

    Maybe the prettiest CKSO photo ever . . .Depew Gazebo - July 2021

     

    First Performance after Covid Shutdown - Alden, July 2021

    First Performance after Covid Shutdown - ALDEN, July 2021 - WE'RE BAAAAAAACK ! 

      

     
    Teamwork. . . Hellsgate Steel Orchestra and CKSO  Easter 2019
    CKSO with Hellsgate Steel Orchestra - Easter 2019
     
    CKSO with Rising Stars Easter 2019
    CKSO with Rising Stars in their Panyard - Easter 2019
     
    Easter 2019
    It's a SHIP, not a Boat !   CKSO and the Celebrity Summit ! 
     
     
                                     From 2017 - 18
     
    2017 CKSO at Kleinhans  
    CKSO Showing off the new formal attire !  Photo at Kleinhans.   
     
     Southern Most Point
    EASTER 2017 - CKSO in Key West, southernmost point of the USA !  
     
    CKSO BPO  
    A RARE opportunity indeed.   CKSO performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic
    February 12, 2017
    Katelyn, Alyssa - front.  Gracie, Kalyn and Sofia back.
    (and a little bit of Jen far left!)  
     
    How cute is this?
     
    July 2017 - How precious!  One of our most special memories.
    Photo by Glenn E. Murray  (Thank you so much Glenn!)  
     
     
    It's not THAT bad Maeve!
     
    Maeve Devine (Class of 2021) has heard this before !   
     
     CKSO feature story on Channel 7 WKBW-TV CLICK HERE
     
     
     
     The Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra is proud to announce our latest CD "Steel Your Heart" featuring the newest and most popular songs heard in our live performances.  Released at Island Night in April of 2018, the CD is available at all performances, and through this website.  
     
Last Modified on August 2, 2022