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
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
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.
programme of activities to facilitate regional performances and
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
-From The News Desk of - Robbie Joseph - 01-26-06 -- All
Photos - R. Joseph
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