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Steel Band Jamboree
Pan players of all ages bring sweet tunes for Carnival crowd
By AYESHA MORRIS
Saturday, April 24th 2004
Daily News Photos by MICHAEL POTTER The UVI Family Life Center performs on a two-tiered trailer during the Steel Band Jamboree on Friday at Lionel Roberts Stadium.
 

ST. THOMAS - Bass pans rumbled and the melodic sounds of the tenor shrilled in the night air at Lionel Roberts Stadium on Friday to tunes of soca and calypso played by children's and adults' groups at the Steel Band Jamboree.

Although the popular Territorial Court Rising Stars were not on the program Friday night, 11 steel-pan orchestras from schools and communities on St. Thomas and St. John entertained the audience during the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee-sponsored event.

"They say they can't play on a Friday," Steel Band Jamboree chairman Eduardo Corneiro said of the Rising Stars.

After renditions of the Virgin Islands March and the national anthem, the Montessori School Meteors Steel Band, made up of children ages 6 to 11, led off the program in their first public appearance by tinkering out "Footsteps" while trying not to race ahead of the steady tock of the cowbell. Some players posed for the camera during their songs, as an energetic cheerleading squad waved purple pompoms offstage.

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School's Steel Drum Band makes CD

The hottest teen band in these parts, this month at least, will likely get little airplay on radio and certainly won't have any MTV videos. You won't find members of this group in skate punk garage bands or playing at clubs or raves.

But their new CD, "Music in Our Blood," is as accomplished as any national effort and it shows how the steel drum can be hip.

The Clark Montessori Steel Drum Band has released a 26-cut CD as part of the school's 10th anniversary celebration, debuting the disc and performing over the weekend at Clark's birthday party.

Where to buy CD
• The Clark Montessori Steel Drum Band's "Music In Our Blood" is available at Shake It Records, Northside; Everybody's Records, Pleasant Ridge; Joseph-Beth, Norwood.
• The 26 tracks of Calypso, Latin, classical, rock and jazz feature more than 100 students on steel drums.
The CD features more than 100 student performers -- eighth-graders through high school seniors -- showing off the magical sounds and versatility of the tempered pan. It's a release that makes the instrument accessible to a diversity of musical tastes and ages

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Crossfire Steel Orchestra - 3rd Annual Barbecue - also slated to perform, Radoes, Sonatas, CASYM & Caribbean Youth Panoramics, Pan Phonics and Dem Stars -- at the Brooklyn Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, USA  - June 12, 2004


Through insightful interpretation, Pantonic’s performers bring the music to life with spirit and elegance.  ...Pantonic Live a rare treasure. - Frankie McIntosh -

BEN LION performed by PANTONIC belongs to the group of the greatest musical artworks of all time and culture that manifested on this planet! -Werner M. Weidensdorfe -

Now available at eCaroh Caribbean Emporium!, records
A Must Have For Any SteelPan Lover --- >>>


 

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