Due to the Covid-19 Virus precautions, Island Nights are currently cancelled.
    We certainly hope this is a postponement and that we will be able to hold the event yet this year.  We have GREAT prizes, new songs, and so much more.   However, so many things are happening so fast, and news changes day to day.   Right now there are many questions and few answers.
    Your current ticket will be valid for an Island Night in the future.  Please hold your ticket for now.
    If you really want your money returned, we certainly WILL do that.  No one will be "ripped off".  But again, at this time we do not know how that process would be done.   Also, as director I will tell you that it is a lower priority for me to address right now.  
    At this time I am in the midst of cancelling all the details of an also cancelled trip to Memphis and Louisville.  There are people with literally over a thousand dollars invested that I am trying to reimburse.  I hope you will understand that a ten dollar ticket reimbursement is a bit lower on my "things to do" list. 
    Speaking of postponements, we will delay the drawing for the Best of Buffalo raffle.  We are currently planning to draw the winners in Lancaster on the July 4 Independance Day celebrations. 
    So like with everything else, try to stay positive and keep a smile.  I will do all I can to keep you informed.
    Here's to getting back to normal soon. . . .    Ken Kowalski and the CKSO
    Welcome to our Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra (CKSO) Webpage
      2020 CKSO Schedule


    For more information, please contact kkowalski@lancasterschools.org

      After you see the schedule, SCROLL DOWN to see some pictures of this amazing group !    


    January through May performances



    April 3 and 4 CKSO ISLAND NIGHTS - CURRENTLY CANCELLED, stay tuned for further information


    May 14 Thursday - Private Performance (Possible) 




    No national chains, just what we love best in Western New York !

    Tickets available from any CKSO parent member.  $5 each or 5 for $20.

    Winner to be drawn at Lancaster Independance Day celebrations on or about July 4, 2020

    Winners do NOT have to be present to WIN ! 

    First Prize (value  $1105)

    $130 Ticket package for the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhans Music Hall

    $100 value passes to Victorianbourgh Winery

    (SIX) $100 Dining Gift Cards - $100 each at Chef's, Russells Steaks, Chops and More, the Roycroft Inn (East Aurora), 716, Mangia (Orchard Park), Al-e-Oops  BBQ

    (FOUR) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at 99 Brick Oven, Anchor Bar, Deep South Taco, Wegmans

    (THREE) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Mighty Taco, Parkside Candy, Peace Love and Little Donuts

    Second Prize (value $590)

    $140 Ticket package for the Buffalo Bisons Baseball

    $100 Gift Certificate at Salvatores Italian Gardens

    $75 Gift Certificate for RiverWorks

    (FOUR) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at Glen Park Tavern, 12 Gates Brewery, Deep South Taco, Otto's 

    (THREE) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Lake Effect Diner (or Sign of the Steer), Paula's Donuts, Costanzo's Bakery

    Third Prize (value $350)

    $40 Admission for Four to the Pierce Arrow Museum (a true hidden gem!)


    (TWO) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at Grill at the Dome and Deep South Taco 

    (EIGHT) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Bravo, 12 Gates Brewery, Pasquale's, Tops, LaNova Pizza, RiverWorks, Costanzo's Bakery, Ted's Charcoal Hot Dogs

    $10 Timmy Ho's !  









    ( * Bring a chair for these concerts)


     *June 4 Thursday - St. Phillips Church Food Truck Night (Outdoor Concert) - 950 Losson Road, Chktg, 6 - 8 pm

    June 28 Sunday - Details to be announced

     *June 30 Tuesday - Quaker Arts Pavillion - 60 S. Lincoln, Orchard Park - 7 - 8:30 pm

    (rain site is in middle school auditorium)



     *July 1 Wednesday - Town of Alden Concert in the (Fireman's) Park, Highway 20E and Broadway, 7 - 9 pm

    *Town of Lancaster Indepence Days Celebration Concert - Date and time to be announced

    *July 5 Sunday - Olcott Gazebo  – Main Street, Olcott Beach, 2 - 4 pm

     *July 7 or 10 (Tu or F) - POSSIBLE - Town of Tonawanda Music Series, Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza - 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

    July 8 Wednesday - Greenfields, 5959 Broadway in Lancaster, 6:30 - 8 pm

    July 9 Thursday (morning) - Private performance for Intandem

    *July 9 Thursday Evening - Village of Depew Summer Music Series celebrating Depew's 125 Year Anniversary - More details to be announced.

    July 10 Friday - M&T Bank Summer Music Series - Downtown Buffalo, 1 M&T Plaza - Noon - 1:00 pm

    July 11 Saturday - Lockport, NY  Private Event - 2 pm

    July 12 Sunday - John Paul II Church Picnic, 2052 Lake View Rd, Lakeview - 2:15 - 4:30 pm

    *July 14 Tuesday – Burchfield Penney Summer Concert Series – Union & Clinton, W. Seneca – 6:30 – 8 pm

    *July 15 Wednesday - Amherst Center for Seniors, 370 John J Audobon Pkwy, 6 - 8 pm

    *July 16 Thursday - Bennington Pine Tree Park (Clinton to Lapp and turn Left), 7 - 8:30 pm

    July 20 Monday (#1 of 2) - 9:50 - 10:50 am Private Event

    July 20 Monday (#2 of 2) - Veteran's Hospital 3495 Bailey Avenue, Noon - 1:15 pm

    *July 21 Tuesday - Cheektowaga Senior Center, Union and Broadway, 6 - 8 pm

    July 22 Wendesday - Private Event - Evening

    July 26 Sunday - Private - Leisurewood Campground - Akron, NY, Times TBA

     *July 27 Monday CKSO Senior Send Off Concert  – Lancaster Band Shell - 7:00 - 8:45 pm 

    *July 29 Wednesday - Angola Gazebo Summer Lawn Chair Series - Center & High Streets, Angola - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    *July 30 Thursday - North Tonawanda Youth Recreation and Parks, 700 River Road, North Tonawanda, Time TBA



    August 1 Saturday - Private Event - Small group 6 - 7pm

    August 14 Friday - Sacred Heart Church Picnic and Food Truck Night, 5537 Genesee St, 6 - 8:15 pm



    Another Year of Wonderful Memories !
    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!
     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 March 13, 2020