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BAS appoints a new board.

United Kingdom - At their Annual General Meeting held on the 10th January 2006, The British Association of Steelbands (BAS) elected a new board. The following Directors of BAS retained their posts:  Pepe Francis – Chair, Eversley Mills - Vice Chair, Debi Gardner – Secretary and Robbie Joseph – PRO and Editor of Pan Podium Magazine. Tara Baptiste of Stardust Steel Orchestra takes up the post of assistant secretary whilst Clyde Bacchus was appointed to be the BAS representative on the London Notting Hill Carnival Limited Board of Directors.

This year as part of their long term vision, BAS introduced the Youth Forum for young or inexperienced band members to participate in the decision-making process and to develop leadership skills.  The Forum will devise and implement a programme of activities and events to increase the involvement of young people and to raise awareness of the steelband movement generally. The group will elect their own officers, be allocated a budget and will be required to present regular reports to the main BAS Committee.  Bands were invited to nominate up to two (2) representatives each. 

Through the efforts of their funding officer at the Arts Council, they were able to secure funding to begin to develop educational and training standard for tutors and musicians throughout the UK. They hope to have a basic strategy for the development of this key area of their work in place by early 2006. They anticipate the first BAS Accredited Tutors and Pannists completing the process by the end of 2007.

Robbie Joseph Eversley Mills DebiGardner Tara Baptiste Pepe Francis


The Association remains the cutting edge of the development of Carnival arts in the UK. During the coming year BAS will begin the next phase of its development and, as part of this process, has identified the following milestones:

  • Provide all BAS members with web pages and email addresses via the Association’s website.
  • Set up regional committees to take forward the work of BAS across the UK.
  • Put in place more efficient and effective communication procedures so that members are able to access resources and information easily.
  • Expand their programme of activities to facilitate regional performances and events
  • Host a national conference for all members at which they will identify national priorities. Development plans will support our commitment to improving performance and educational standards and promoting the work of individual bands as well as the Association.
  • Continue to work with key partners and agencies to develop their annual programme of events and outreach activities.

BAS will also continue to use its influence to promote worthy causes and activities that are important to us as a community as they did in 2005 when they lent its name and support to the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign.

-From The News Desk of  -  Robbie Joseph - 01-26-06 -- All Photos - R. Joseph

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