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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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Web Posted - Friday May 27, 2016
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Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, “Was Dog A Doughnut’

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Oregon, USA - At some point in the 1960s, steel drum (a.k.a. pan) music became the Caribbean equivalent of cheesy Vegas lounge tunes: something only an ill-dressed tourist might fancy during a cruise ship port o’ call. And true, there’s probably a thousand bad pan covers of “Yellow Bird” out there, but the tradition is unfairly maligned. Not only are steel drums themselves a marvel of do-it-yourself ingenuity — they were originally created from oil drums left behind by American naval ships in Trinidad — but their unique, pearly sound is as recognizable and evocative as surf guitar tremolo or a Hammond B3 wheeze.

For 10 years now, Hamburg’s Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band has used that insta-island vibe to remake classic soul, funk and hip-hop songs. The band’s debut album, 55, includes covers of everything from 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” (which originally used a steel drum sample) to Dennis Coffey’s blistering b-boy hit “Scorpio.”
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Web Posted - Friday May 27, 2016
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Pan conquers rain

 The pride of Lopinot, First Citizens Supernovas Steel Orchestra, performs at last Saturday’s Pan in De Countryside held at Las Cuevas On The Greens
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - From early morning, forecasters warned of thunderstorms in Las Cuevas and it seems that show host Richard Forteau, Pan Trinbago secretary, was correct when he said “God loves pan.” Rain fell from about 6 p.m. but it was intermittent.

Despite the weather, an extremely large crowd was on hand at Pan in De Countryside, staged by Pan Trinbago Inc, in conjunction with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture & the Arts at the spacious Las Cuevas On The Greens.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 27, 2016
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WeBeat St James Live begins June 4

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The St. James Community Improvement Committee (St James CIC) has released the diary of events for of the 2016 edition of WeBeat St James Live, which runs from June 4 to June 12 at the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James.

Some events are free to the public, among these are Film Night, We Treat, Health Day, Football Match, WeTing, Mannie Dookie 5K Fun Race, J’Ouvert and Steelband street parade.

....The festival schedule starts with Film Night under the auspices of the Trinidad and Tobago film festival on June 4, with the outdoor cinema screening of A Story about Wendy.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 26, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Boogsie, Ronnie and PM share A Mother’s Love

 Trinidad-Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, second from right
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Having previously claimed that Invaders is his steelband, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley spent last Sunday evening with members of CAL Invaders Steel Orchestra and patrons attending A Mother’s Love—the fund-raising effort by the iconic Woodbrook steelband for ailing three-year-old Caitlyn Inniss.

Special reserved seating had been put aside for Rowley but he opted to sit at the back of the panyard with the steelband’s members and supporters.

The daughter of Pierre and Anishka Inniss, Caitlyn is the niece of Invaders music coordinator Desiree Myers and requires urgent surgery to rid her of a tumour in the pineal region of her brain.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 24, 2016
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Steel-pan player crushed to death shortly after Independence rehearsal

 Rehearsals at D’urban Park for Guyana’s 50th Independence Flag Raising Ceremony.
 

Guyana, S.A. - Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations were late Tuesday night marred by the death of a youthful steel-pan player shortly after rehearsals.

Multiple sources confirmed that 14-year old Kevin Scipio was crushed by a truck while he and others were offloading the steelpans at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, Mandela Avenue.

Scipio was a member of the youth band, PanWave....
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 24, 2016
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NSSO delivers top music to poor turnout

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It truly was a Black Friday for the national instrument.

If ever there was a disappointment involving our beloved pan; it came to pass on Friday 13 and Saturday14 at Exodus Pan Theatre in St Augustine.

The National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) played to an audience of about 75 patrons on Saturday and less on Friday.

If this concert was held in any other country in the world it would have been soldout yet in the country of its birth, the free pan concert literally “buss”.

The quality of music put out by the calibre of players in the NSSO warrants much better than this.
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Web Posted - Monday May 23, 2016
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birdsong’s Vacation Music Camp is a Go - Auditions Start

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Do you play pan, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, guitar or bass? Or do you sing? Are you currently in secondary school?

....Do you wish to enhance your musical skills with a 5-week intensive programme of sight-reading, harmony, ear-training, technique, ensemble playing, theatre arts, local music history and a host of other courses to support the development of your musical talents?

....From July 11–August 13, 2016 birdsong Academy will host its 13th annual Vacation Music Camp. The camp is conducted from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at venues in the Tunapuna community, including the birdsong panyard, the UWI St. Augustine campus and Tapia House. Because of limited places, admission is by audition.
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Web Posted - Monday May 23, 2016
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Meet Luz Carime Santa-Coloma - NYU Graduate, Panist & Percussionist - UpClose!

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New York, USA - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, recent NYU graduate Luz Carime Santa-Coloma speaks on her special relationship with the steelpan instrument and how it has transformed her musical perspective and enhanced her college life experience.

Her meeting with the steelpan instrument was not originally by design, but over the last four years her fondness and passion for instrument are unquestionable. She is now a panist headed for a lifelong love affair.
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Web Posted - Monday May 23, 2016
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Funding secures orchestra season

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Northumberland, England - Northern Steel Orchestra has launched its 2016 season, thanks to funding from two local charities, the Readman Family Grassroots Fund and the Freemasons of Northumberland.

A new charity, Northern Steel Network, has been formed to support steel pan and has taken on the running of the orchestra.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 22, 2016
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Meet Russell Fisher - NYU Graduate, Panist & Percussionist - UpClose!

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New York, USA - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, recent NYU (New York University) graduate Russell Fisher speaks on his relationship with the steelpan instrument and how it has impacted his music and college life experience.

A little more than four years ago the steelpan instrument and Russell crossed paths in a real and tangible way - mostly because of NYU Percussion Program’s mandatory steelpan performance requirement. From that point as a member of NYU Steel, a special love, exuberance and passion for the instrument and art form developed and is on full display whenever he is playing the instrument or talking about something pan-related.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 21, 2016
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Steel pan man’s 40 years of music

 Crowd pleasers: an album back cover, which also marked the Esso Steel Band’s first self-produced album, circa 1972. The album’s title was Front Street
 

Bermuda - Rudolph Commissiong, a pioneer of steel band music in Bermuda, recalls his life and times as a pan man played against a backdrop of revolution and segregation.

I started learning how to play the steel pan in my late teens — at 17 years of age, actually. I was influenced to do so by one of the most famous bands at that time; a neighbourhood band called Casablanca and by one of the best tenor pan players I had ever heard named Ormond “Patsy” Haynes.

With about eight friends, we started a band called the Hit Paraders. We were fortunate to have a well-known and talented musician by the name of Art De Coteau teach and arrange the music for us. We soon started playing for private parties and were doing quite well, but most of the guys had other interests as young men and so the band folded.
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Web Posted - Friday May 20, 2016
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A Review - Broad Horizon - Billy Cobham and Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Broad Horizon by Master drummer and composer Billy Cobham
 

Global - There are eight tracks on this CD. We prefer to dub them ‘chapters’ in this interactive musical book of stories called “Broad Horizon.” We will forgo a technical or musical analysis of the collection. Been there, done that. Simply put: the recording is awesome, the production is awesome, the musicianship is awesome, the orchestration is awesome, the arranging and the song writing are awesome. Okay - you get the picture.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 17, 2016
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Meet Billy Cobham - Composer, Producer, Educator Legendary Drummer and Performing Artist - UpClose!

Master drummer and composer Billy Cobham
 

New York, USA - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, drummer extraordinaire Billy Cobham speaks on his life-long relationship with the steelpan instrument and the cultural influences from childhood to adult that have impacted his music and life.

His history is with the Afro-West Indian community and Latin community. And unflinching honesty is one of his policies. The drumming virtuoso lays it out in this interview, in his own words.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 17, 2016
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Efforts to help save three-year-old child with tumour in her brain

Efforts to help save three-year-old child with tumour in her brainTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Efforts are being made to help save a three-year-old child who has been diagnosed with a tumour in her brain.

The following statement has been issued by the Invaders Steel Orchestra:

"Caribbean Airlines Invaders Steel Orchestra will be hosting a fundraiser for three (3) year old Caitlyn Inniss who is the daughter of Pierre and Anishka (a.k.a Nikki) Inniss and niece of Desiree Myers, the band’s Music Coordinator.

Caitlyn has been diagnosed with a tumour in the pineal region of the brain and obstructive hydrocephalus (blockage of a ventricle causing excess fluid in the brain).

Last year, she underwent surgery which involved an insertion of a shunt to assist the flow of the brain fluid. After the shunt was inserted, Caitlyn’s health continued to deteriorate.

....On Sunday 22nd May, 2016 CAL Invaders will be hosting a fundraising concert for Caitlyn entitled “A Mother’s Love”.

This event takes place at the band’s pan yard from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Web Posted - Monday May 16, 2016
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Funding secures orchestra season

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Guyana, S.A. - Republic Bank donates for jubilee steel pan: Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry (second left) flanked by a Republic Bank staffer and a representative from the National Music School receiving a cheque on Friday from Republic Bank’s Managing Director Richard Sammy.

The $4.5 million contribution to the National Commemoration Commission is for the sponsorship of jubilee steel pan activities. The donation was said to be a prime example of Republic Bank’s contribution to the development and promotion of steel pan among Guyanese youth over the years.
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Web Posted - Friday May 13, 2016
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London, England - A steel band is being set up by a local woman who will host a workshop later this month.

Saffron Murphy will hold the workshop on Saturday, May 28, at Swaton village hut from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is free but places are limited.

No previous experience is required and you don’t need to be able to read music.
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Web Posted - Friday May 13, 2016
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Pan Conquers Point

 Massy Trinidad All Stars performs at last Saturday’s Pan on the Move, in Point Fortin.
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan stewards and officials dropped the ball last Saturday at the 16th edition of the annual Point Fortin Borough Day Celebration Pan on the Move.

Most of the participating steelbands were hampered by disc jockeys along the route, who were hesitant to turn down the volume on their systems as the bands made their way to the review stand at Market Square. One particular DJ was guilty of this from as early as when the first band—south’s Pan Elders—commenced the trek as he continued playing loud music during the band’s performance.

I feel that the organisers of this event need to adopt the rule of Brooklyn Labour Day organisers and have absolutely no disc jockeys along the steelband parade route, between the hours of 5 and 10 pm, the hours that Pan on the Move is held. After all, this event is billed as Pan on the Move, held in the supposed “culture capital” of “the land of the steelband.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 11, 2016
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 Lehman Introduces New Steel Band at Hemphill

 Lobo Steel Band of Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, USA
 

Texas, USA - Lehman High School rolled out its exciting new Lobo Steel Band to rave reviews recently at the Hemphill Elementary Spring Carnival. The newly-formed group, under the guidance of LHS Associate Band Director Christopher Lunsford, is anticipating performances at future school and community events. Lunsford indicates it’s all “just another way to represent Lehman High School and Hays CISD in an outstanding fashion.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 11, 2016
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 International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2016

We are Africa: Africa unite for peace and friendship from Cape to Cairo
 

Gauteng, South Africa - Education Africa in partnership with Tom Newby School in Benoni will present the 5th Annual Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2016 on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July 2016 at Tom Newby School, 10 Master Street, Airfield Benoni, Gauteng.

Over 1600 performers from all over South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria will descend on Benoni where you will hear some of the world’s best marimba and steel bands perform at what is regarded as the largest festival of its kind in the world.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 10, 2016
Portland Press Herald

Grammy Foundation awards Portland High School $5,500 music grant to fund steel drum band

 One of only 13 awards nationwide, its aim is to broaden the music program for a culturally diverse student population
 

A $5,500 grant will allow Portland High School to diversify its music program to attract a broader student mixMaine, USA - Portland High School is starting a steel drum band as a way to expand its music program beyond band and chorus and to appeal to a wider group of students, thanks to a $5,500 grant from the Grammy Foundation and Ford Motor Company.

The school, with about 850 students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, was one of just 13 nationwide to get a Signature Schools grant, according to a press release from the foundation. The award will be presented to school officials Thursday, after a music career day organized by the foundation.

....Jayne Sawtelle, the school’s lone full-time music teacher, said Tuesday the money will be used to buy Trinidad-style steel drums and to help create a steel drum band and percussion ensemble for at least 24 to 30 students.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 10, 2016
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Dundee Symphonic Steel Drum Band wows Albany

Members of the Dundee Central School Steel Drum Band were introduced in the New York State Senate by Sen. Tom O'Mara before they performed during the Sip and Sample event O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano hosted in the capitol May 4
 

New York, USA -  State Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano hosted the New York Wine Industry Association’s (NYWIA) 3rd Annual “Sip and Sample” tasting event in Albany Wednesday, May 4.

The event featured wineries, cheese producers and other food manufacturers from the Finger Lakes, Capital Region, Central and Western New York, and the Hudson Valley — and it was highlighted by a special guest, the Dundee Central School’s Symphonic Steel Drum Band, which performed throughout the reception.

In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “We’d like to give a special thank you to the directors and students comprising the Dundee Central School Symphonic Steel Drum Band for an outstanding and well-received performance throughout this year’s reception. They are fantastic and we appreciated the Band being here to share their talent and some great music.”
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Web Posted - Sunday May 8, 2016
When Steel Talks

NYU Steel Ensemble 2016 Spring Concert: Much more than Chrome and Steel

with Special Guests Sherwin Thwaites and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra

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New York, USA - ....It was standing room only. The door opened at 7:00 p.m. and by 7:30, the concert start time, almost every seat in the house was taken. Indeed, this is a fine tribute to the outstanding groundwork of Dr. Haas, chairman of the NYU Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions Program in Percussion Studies, and of course the exceptional leadership, educational prowess and spirit of the field general Josh Quillen, director of NYU Steel.

....And when the last note was played by the NYU Steel and BSO (Brooklyn Steel Orchestra) the audience shot to their feet and released a barrage of thunderous applause in response to what they had just experienced. And yes, it was an experience. A Pan happening. We're not still sure if one would categorize the response as voluntary or involuntary - however either one will work in this situation. In any regard, one thing is clear: the spirit of Pan took over.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 3, 2016
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Meet Khan Cordice - Director, Educator, Performing Artist and Arranger -  UpClose!

Khan Cordice
 

Global - ....Even at a younger age, Khan Cordice’s talent was set in stone, when as a mere teenager he surpassed veteran musicians in the field of arranging in the Moods of Pan festival in his country back in 2008, triumphing that night. Months later he proceeded to repeat his winning ways and garner more accolades in the even larger annual steelband music competition known as ‘Panorama.’

....Now, with the formalities (music degrees) under his belt, and an even wider worldview of music at his command, a humble but quietly confident Khan Cordice is set to change the world, one initiative, and one student at a time in his country, sharing his knowledge and experience. At the same time, his evolution as an artist and musician extraordinaire maintains, unfolding, one note at a time. Here is his story - to date… in WST’s live interview.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 30, 2016
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An Evening of Calypso Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Music and Global Jazz

with Étienne Charles and Frankie McIntosh, special guests Garvin Blake and David “Happy” Williams, and Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill and the Brooklyn College Big Band

Sextet, left to right: Frankie McIntosh, Garvin Blake, David “Happy” Williams, Charles Daugherty, Étienne Charles.  Out of camera-shot - drummer Damon DueWhite
 

New York, USA - If you were anywhere near New York there was only one place to be on this early Spring date. The County of Kings, sometimes known as Brooklyn was treated to an outstanding evening of music at Brooklyn College’s Whitman Theater. Under the auspices of the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music, the event was billed as An Evening of Calypso Jazz with Étienne Charles and Frankie McIntosh, special guests Garvin Blake and David “Happy” Williams - featuring Arturo O’Farrill and the Brooklyn College Big Band. It was indeed a serious dose of edutainment.

In addition to the great performances there was an added bonus of a pre-concert talk that was both educational and engaging which featured a panel consisting of Frankie McIntosh - piano, Garvin Blake - steelpan, Étienne Charles - trumpet and David “Happy” Williams - double bass, with Ray Allen, Director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Senior Research Associate of Hitchcock Institute as both moderator of this pre-concert talk and host of the show.
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Steelband Music Panorama Info & Results of Trinidad and Tobago - 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - All rounds - all categories at a glance... Large, Medium, Small, Junior and Single Pan Band.

Complete info and results for Trinidad and Tobago's Steelband Panorama 2016.  Check out the background story on some of your favorite steel orchestras and their arrangers, what selections they played, and more.
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Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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