In a very carefully worded
letter from the Ministry of Community
Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Pan
Trinbago was warned of the government’s
dissatisfaction of its planned usage of the
designation “national” in the naming of Pan
Trinbago’s youth steel orchestra. Pan
Trinbago is the recognized governing body of all
matters related to the steelpan instrument in
Trinidad and Tobago. The twin-island
Trinidad and Tobago is the official birthplace
of steelpan instrument.
The relationship between the
Trinidad and Tobago government and Pan Trinbago has often
times been contentious. Funding for
Pan Trinbago projects are mainly provided by the government.
A copy of the official letter
sent from the government to Pan Trinbago was forwarded to When Steel Talks News
and is posted below.
I have been directed to communicate with you
that the Ministry is aware of Pan Trinbago's
Proposed launch of a steel orchestra under the
designated name the "National Youth Steel
Orchestra" on Tuesday December 16, 2008.
The Ministry is concerned about the use of the
word "National" as part of the proposed name of
your Youth Steel Orchestra. Moreover, the
Ministry has been receiving several calls
enquiring whether the designation satisfies
legal requirement's; and whether it is
Please be advised that out of an abundance of
caution, the Ministry is awaiting a legal
opinion on the use of the word 'National' in the
designation of your steel orchestra.
In the interim therefore, you are kindly advised
to avoid use of the word "National" in the
designation. Instead, the name "Pan Trinbago
Youth Steel Orchestra" is suggested, or in the
alternative, a name that reflects the reality if
the orchestra being a creature of Pan Trinbago.