Pan In New York -- BAD MATH

A conservative estimate of over 400 million dollars (US) is contributed annually to the economy of New York City - over the three-day weekend by the West Indian Labor Day Carnival festivities ...  And the New York steelband community has always and continues to play an obviously irreplaceable role in these festivities.  The New York Panorama and J'Ouvert celebrations are world renowned musical and cultural events.  However, the coordinating body of the J'Ouvert celebrations will receive zero funding from the city this year.  Furthermore, the New York Panorama first prize has yet to come close to $100,000 (US)...  Ooopps!  The most offered for the championship has been $12,000 to date...  New York Steelbands routinely spend between $50,000 and $100,000 of their own money each year to participate in the annual panorama, for a top prize of only $12,000? And the rest is "prestige?"  What's wrong with this picture??

No Money For Pan

Web Posted - Sunday, August 1, 2004
by When Steel Talks

J'Ouvert City Alliance held a community town hall meeting on Monday July 26th for the purpose of giving New York J'Ouvert steelbands and mas organizations an opportunity to discuss and voice their concerns and problems to and with  their elected officials.  Present at the meeting were Councilmen Charles Barron and Kendal Stewart.  Councilwoman Letitia James could not attend but was represented by her Deputy Chief of Staff / Community Affairs - Ray Martin.


Pantonic Launch
(Heavyweights Come Out To Play)

Web Posted - Monday, August 2, 2004
by When Steel Talks

Pantonic Steel Orchestra officially christened it's new yard with the help of some of New York's heavy weight steel orchestras.  The yard, officially named the Pan Diamond because of the unique shape of the rehearsal area,  is easily one of the best yards in New York because of it's size and location.  Moreover, the yard allows Pantonic, the biggest steelband in North America to maneuver and practice in comfort.  Both panmen and fans alike were extremely impressed with the space.  In recent times the acquisition of an adequate practice facility has been a constant detriment to the survival of NY steelbands.


Hawks International Opens New Headquarters
(Pantonic Steel On Hand)


Web Posted - Sunday, August 1, 2004

Hawks International officially opened the doors to their renovated headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  On hand for the opening were Brooklyn's borough president Marty Markowitz, councilwoman Yvette Clarke and New York's reigning panorama champion Pantonic Steel Orchestra.  Ms. Clarke presented Hawks with a check for $14,000 as a means of assisting the civic-minded organization and its community programs.

Yard Watch

Crossfire Armed and Ready

Web Posted - Sunday, August 1, 2004
by When Steel Talks

Located at the Brooklyn Athletic Club, New York's Crossfire Steel Orchestra is hard at work at their new pan yard preparing for panorama 2004.  Their tune of choice is 'We Like to Play' by Len Boogsie Sharpe...  Their arranger is Jeffrey Pierre.

'Rope' savages NY youth steelband
By Terry Joseph

Sunday, August 1st 2004

Sympathy is pouring in from pan lovers around the globe for the plight of New York steelband Utopia Pan Soul: The Next Generation, whose instruments were last week savagely attacked, leaving the band unable to participate in the imminent Labour Day Panorama -

All Steelband and Mas band Organizations:
Taking part in J’Ouvert celebration on Labor Day must attend this meeting.

Precinct meeting:
Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
Time: 7:00 P.M. Sharp
Place: 67th South Precinct – 2nd Floor
2820 Snyder Ave (bet. Nostrand & Rogers)
New York, NY USA

  • August 7th 2004
  • Pantonic Steel Orchestra performs in Baltimore, at the Trinidad and Tobago Association's presentation of "Steelband Musical Performance".  Time 2 - 8 PM.  Venue:  the Clifton Park Bandshell, St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Pan Sonatas - Summer Heat Wave Street Fair  - Time: 10:00am - 9pm Sterling Place bet. Troy & Albany Avenues- Brooklyn, New York -- Featuring:  Steel Sensation, Krosfyah, Harmony, Brooklyn Steppers, Pan Ivory, Dem Stars, CASYM, Pan Ambassadors;  and Marsicans.
  • Grenada Carnival 2004 - National Panorama Competition.   7:00 PM.  Venue: Grenada National Stadium, Grenada W. I.
  • August 8th 2004
  • Marsicans Steel Orchestra, Inc.  presents their Gala Fund Raiser & Welcoming Bash for arranger - Pelham Goddard:   featuring Marsicans, and three Top Steel Bands, Calypsonians, DJ,  from 12 Noon - 10 PM, 1488 Schenectady Ave., (bet. Farragut Rd. & Dead end), Brooklyn, New York, USA.
    For info, call:  1 (718) 287-7495;  1 (917) 468-5575

  • Pan in Leicester Square. Croydon Steel Orchestra playing in Leicester Square.  2 PM – 5 PM.  ENGLAND
  • Doon at the Docks - A Street party - will be held in Aberdeen to celebrate the city's links with the sea, featuring various events, Toronto Allstars Steel Band and other musical entertainment.  For more info, contact email Dorothy Anderson at, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM



Great Steelpan events coming soon...

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