Virginia PanFest – 2022 Information

You can pay your Virginia PanFest Fees at this link (or via cash, money order, or check submitted to Dr. Justus):

Select “Pay Fees”, type in your student’s name, pay online – the receipt will be automatically forwarded to Dr. Justus.

And here is the Saturday Festival Competition Schedule!!


ACCESS A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE “Trip Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement Form” HERE

ACCESS A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE “Authorization for Medication Form” HERE

November 8th, 2021

Dear Lion Steel Canboulay and Bacchanal Parents and Students,

Hello! This letter contains the detailed information and required forms for the Lion Steel academic performance trip to the Virginia International Pan Festival in May 2022. This event is a prestigious competition for steel bands from the US, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia that features pedigreed judges and clinicians who evaluate and provide customized commentary about each bands’ festival performance. 

Leon’s Lion Steel band program has performed alongside other fantastic steel bands on this oceanside stage for the PanFest since the early 2000s, winning champion and grand champion awards consistently. Not only is this an exciting event that will challenge each member of Canboulay and Bacchanal to play to their absolute best, the trip is a celebration of many months of the students’ hard work and diligent daily practice in our panyard. 

The 2022 Festival Performance will occur on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the 24th Street boardwalk stage, which means that we will be traveling by bus from Tallahassee to Virginia: May 5th – May 8th, 2022. You can explore more information about the 2022 PanFest, including a profile the headlining steel band, bios for the clinicians and judges, and links to the live streams at

The information in this packet includes: the trip itinerary, the cost per student, the fee payment schedule, a participation agreement form, and a medical information form. Please read through the information below and return the PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT FORM and MEDICAL FORM by Monday, November 29th, 2021.

If you have any questions about the trip, please feel free to reach out to me at I’ll keep in touch with you about the trip in the coming months and we will schedule another meeting in late-March or early-April 2022 with parents, students, and chaperones to discuss additional details, procedures, and policies as we prepare to travel to Virginia in May!


Dr. Kayleen Justus

Director of Steel Bands

Leon High School

Virginia PanFest Trip Itinerary – May 5th – 8th, 2022

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 (during school)

8:30a-2:00p – pack equipment

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

6:30am – Depart Leon HS

7:00-8:00p – Arrive in VB @ hotel, check in

9:00-10:30p – Pizza, hang

11:00p – Sleep

Friday, May 6th, 2022

8:00-9:00a – Breakfast @ hotel

10:00a-4:00pm – Workshop and/or free time (including lunch together)

4:30-6:30pm – Rehearsal at hotel (or nearby), snack

7:00-10:30pm – Dinner, hang

11:00p – Sleep 

Saturday, May 7th, 2022 

7:30-8:30a – Breakfast @ Hotel, check out

10:00a-4:00p – Festival Performances (including loading in/out, lunch, etc)

4:30-6:30p – Headliner concert

6:30-7:15p – Dinner

7:30p – Depart VB

Sunday, May 8th, 2022 

8:00-9:00a – Arrive @ Leon HS (bus)

Monday, May 9th, 2022 (during school)

8:30a-2:00p – unload truck, unpack instruments

*AP exams (Rachel Hathaway will schedule make-ups for students with exam times that conflict with the trip).

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites VA Beach Oceantfront

2607 Atlantic Avenue

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

(757) 491 – 6900

Coach Information:

Candies Coachworks, Inc.

6916 W. University Ave. 

Gainesville, Fl. 32607

(352) 332 – 5003 

2022 Virginia PanFest Trip Fee – Per Student

Transportation (bus, truck, gas) = $252.50

Hotel = $125

Meals = $57.50

Shirts = $22.50

Festival Registration = $50

TOTAL = $507.50

The round-trip transportation costs for the Virginia PanFest trip include a driver and 56-passenger coach bus with air conditioning and restroom for the students and chaperones and a 26-foot Penske truck that I will drive to transport the instruments and equipment. 

The per-student cost for our block of hotel rooms for Thursday and Friday nights at the Holiday Inn Express includes breakfast each day, in-room wifi, and parking for the coach and equipment truck. The hotel is within walking distance of the PanFest stage, oceanfront boardwalk, lots of shops and restaurants, and (of course) the beach. 

The meal cost listed above will cover students’ dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as well as Friday/Saturday lunches and snacks. We will also design a 2022 Leon to Virginia limited-edition trip shirt that is included in the total cost of the trip. 

The cost per student for PanFest registration is $50, which will include access to the Friday clinic workshops and the Saturday Festival Performance event. 

Fee Payment Schedule and Information

January 10th, 2022 – $200 

            Covers PanFest registration fee, deposit for coach

March 7th, 2022 – $200 

            Covers shirts, Penske deposit, hotel deposit

April 25th, 2022 – $107.50 

            Covers trip meals, remaining hotel and transportation costs

The trip fee can be paid by cash, check, or money order (made to “Leon High School”) or paid online (link will be emailed to everyone and posted to this website during the week of November 8th, 2021).  

*Fees must be paid according to the schedule above in order for our trip budget to work.

*Scholarships in the form of financial assistance are available to help offset the cost of the trip fee for qualified students. Please contact me directly at to inquire about scholarship opportunities.