Josanne Francis

Steelpan Musician and Arts Educator

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Born and raised in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Josanne Francis is an internationally known steelpan performer and music educator. Her music delivers that special 'extra' that separates her from even the greats, and catapults listeners into a unique and exceptional place.

With hands that seem to float like the wings of a butterfly with a 'wand-like' touch, her music is not devoid of power when needed. Ms. Francis' music blends together and draws influences from traditional Calypso music, Jazz, Indian, Funk, Rock and Classical music- a unique mix which is not typical for the instrument.

Josanne has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has appeared as a guest artist at festivals and universities across the United States, including the San Juan Conservatory of Music, San Juan Puerto Rico and the Caramoor Jazz Festival, NY. Josanne was recently one of 6 Artists in Residence at Strathmore for the 2017-2018 season. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Cultural Academy for Excellence, Inc. and teaches at the International High School at Langley Park.


Educational Background:

Master of Music, Northern Illinois University (2014)

Bachelor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi (2012)




Josanne Francis Trio- Steelpan, Bass, and Drums

Josanne Francis Quartet- Steelpan, Bass, Drums, and Percussion/Piano

Ivory, Wood & Steel- Steelpan, Balafon, and Piano

Full Steelband- Cultural Academy for Excellence, Inc.



Photographer: Jonathan Timmes