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Web Posted - Monday February 28, 2011
When Steel Talks

Panorama - Finals Week - “I like the way Trinis talk....cook....walk”
Eric Mannweiler reports on his 2011 steelband panorama experiences
 

Eric Trinidad & Tobago - I have to apologize again for not updating my posts in a week or so. I had my girlfriend, my teacher, and a colleague of mine come down last week, and so not only did I have two semis to play and prepare for, but I had entertaining to do... They have all had to return to the states, and so I now have a little more time to write. There have been tons of things I've wanted to write about since last time, so please forgive this very long post! Here goes:

My girlfriend and I took a trip out to the bird sanctuary in the Caroni Swamp, because she loves birds we both really appreciate nature. Even though it was pouring rain, the trip was an awesome experience for a number of reasons! While waiting for the downpour to stop, a couple guys noticed my pan sticks and started a long conversation about this year's Panorama (having just completed Semis).
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Web Posted - Monday February 28, 2011
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Single-Pan Band Finalists: Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - 2011
 

PanOnTheNet logoTrinidad & Tobago - San Juan East Side Symphony continued its winning streak with 277 points at the end of the National Single Pan Semi Finals last Saturday evening.

The San Juan band under the baton of Duvone Stewart playing Burning Flames’ composition “The Magician” maintained its lead by five points over its nearest rival Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra.

The “Army” band went with Robert Tobitt’s arrangement of “Battle Zone” to gain the judges’ nod and a place in the finals.

Third place was captured by the Trinidad & Tobago Fire Service Band with 270 points. Their tune of choice was Winston Soso’s “I Don’t Mind”.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 27, 2011
When Steel Talks

An Insider’s Review of What Inspired the Creation of Panorama
Symposium tackles the Panorama question: Is there a need to revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?  

by Desmond Chase

Desmond ChaseBrooklyn, New York - When I was asked to participate in the Symposium on Panorama on 2/17/11 having been a member of the team established by the then Prime Minister of T&T in 1961 to address the ongoing "gang-warfare" then existing amongst the Steelbands, I considered a duty to take part. The question asked "was it time to revisit the -format of Panorama. My answer was that the only element which could have been considered at the then time was to display the "Spirit of Carnival" which received significant count for the winning band.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 26, 2011
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Junior Panorama finals: Junior Steel Orchestras in the Spotlight - Results & Order of Appearance
 

PanOnTheNet logoTrinidad & Tobago - Thirty-one steelbands and one guest band have advanced to the National Junior Panorama competition on Sunday 27 February 2011 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. The competition in collaboration with Pan Trinbago and Pan In Schools Committee, is divided into three categories, i.e. Primary (13), Secondary (11) and Non-School (8).

Forty-seven bands were judged over a period of four days at schools and panyards in Trinidad and Tobago....Playing at position one is Fifth Company Rising Stars. Their tune of choice is Aldwyn Roberts’ “Pan In ‘A’ Minor” arranged by Al Buntins.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 26, 2011
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Steel Impressions Perform at Sachem Library
 

Steel Impressions performNew York, USA - In the middle of a long, cold winter the warm and soothing sounds of Steel Impressions was a welcomed change. Their percussive resonance was evocative of lying on the beach with the waves crashing in the distance, or gathering with your friends at your favorite tiki bar; in other words, it was a promise of what is just around the corner.

The family steel band from Amityville brought a smile to everyone's face during a Friday evening performance at the Sachem Public Library. It was part of a celebration of Black History Month.

The show featured authentic Caribbean music including: calypso, reggae and soca tunes, and even a snippet of classical on this singular instrument.

Steel Impressions has been performing on Long Island for the past 17 years. O.V. Agard, the bandleader, originally hails from Guyana, South America.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 24, 2011
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Thoughts on the Panorama
Symposium tackles the Panorama question: Is there a need to revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?  

by Andy Narell

Andy NarellBrooklyn, New York - Let me make something clear right from the start - I love Panorama. It is one of the truly unique and exciting musical and cultural events in the world. Let’s not forget that. Like the pan itself, we should appreciate what we have. For a country of 1.3 million (not counting Brooklyn and the rest of the Trini diaspora) to mount a festival of this magnitude - several thousand players, 70 or 80 huge bands, pan round de neck - everybody somehow making it to the savannah for the big musical fete, the atmosphere on the track, the north stand, the motivation of the players, the tension and the debates about ‘who go win’ - it’s one of the great spectacles of world music.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 23, 2011
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The Business of Panorama
Symposium tackles the Panorama question: Is there a need to revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?

by Dalton Narine

Dalton NarineBrooklyn, New York - ....No cheap shot this, but Pan used to ride high and mighty; now, alas, no direction home. It has strayed in the desert for too long ramajaying with Panorama, his gyul of 48 years. You know how many calypsos have bemoaned such relationship? Mos’ def, Pan needs a deputy. Bad. It needs an infusion of essentials to jack up its manhood. Fo’-day morning, one could hear chords and crescendos drifting in the breeze a long way from the pan yard, yet nobody would dare brisk their way into the Panorama to arrest the Carnival madness. Nobody wished to see the forest for the trees. Nor the music for the money. Any money.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 23, 2011
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Panorama’s Ill-Advised Drift Away From Carnival
Symposium tackles the Panorama question: Is there a need to revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?

by Les Slater

Les SlaterBrooklyn, New York - It was the Carnival celebration that gave rise to the steel band, so it was only fitting that George Goddard, George Yeats and others (including Desmond Chase) would have pressed authorities for the steel band to have a forum of its own in the organized Carnival festivities, beyond its then dominant role of providing music for street revelry. Panorama was thus intrinsically a Carnival animal from its inception. Whether by moves that were deliberate, or through the ineluctable demands of what some might call “progress”, or on account of whatever combination of factors, we have seen notable signs of fissuring in the once seamless pairing of Carnival and Panorama.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 23, 2011
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The Steelpan Revolution will be Televised - And Then Again Maybe Not...
Symposium tackles the Panorama question: Is there a need to revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?
 

Brooklyn, New York - The recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East have again taught us that revolution and change will not necessarily happen when and where you think. In addition, those recent occurrences have also illustrated, that the incident or voice which will become the pebble that precipitates the crystallization, or start of an avalanche - is not necessarily what or who you think it might be.

Last week, the Trinidad and Tobago Folk Arts Institute held a special symposium titled “Is there a Need to Revisit the Steel Band Panorama Format?” While the symposium went on without a major shift on the seismic scale of steelpan music activities, the aftermaths of what was put out there on the table for public consumption, may have massive volcanic repercussions in the future, all over the steel orchestras and steelpan music panorama world.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 23, 2011
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Semi Finals - Panorama 2011
Eric Mannweiler reports on his 2011 steelband panorama experiences
 

Eric Trinidad & Tobago - I can't describe in words how exciting, inspiring, and overwhelming it was to see nearly 50 steelbands in one place (all of which are way bigger than the biggest bands back home!) Also to see such support for steelband... it's unbelievable how many people showed up to hear the bands! The morning had a fairly orderly crowd with plenty of sitting space on the drag's bleachers, and enough room that bands could move on and off the drag without too much trouble. By the time Renegades formed up in the street, there was standing room only, and that wasn't even on ‘the Drag!’
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 23, 2011
The Trinidad Guardian

Media get bashing by Pan Trinbago
 

While she waved herself into the hearts of all in attendance at Sunday’s National Panorama semifinals, at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, her band, Pan Elders of Carib Street, San Fernando, played its way into the hearts of the judges to earn a place in the national final for Medium steelbandsTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I don’t know which was worse—the hurt or the shock—hearing Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz bash the media on national television. It was during last Sunday’s National Panorama semifinals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, that Diaz was being interviewed on NCC TV (Ch 4) by Judith Laird, when he launched his anti-media attack. Suggesting that local media practitioners were a bunch of freeloaders, Diaz said the media were just about “freeness.” He proceeded to ask what tangible does the local media do for Pan Trinbago, adding that Pan Trinbago was in dire need of funding but the media were doing nothing to assist; instead just hitching a free ride at Pan Trinbago projects. I thought I’d heard wrong until my colleague, Bobie-Lee Dixon, exclaimed: “What is that he say? The media like freeness?”

It then sunk in that I’d heard correctly. Dixon is the reporter I’d assigned over a month ago to get an interview with the Pan Trinbago president about previous utterances made by Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston Peters on pan and Panorama. She reported back to me that Diaz had declined being interviewed, telling her, “the Guardian does only write s**t about Pan Trinbago.” To date, not a single member of the Pan Trinbago executive has acceded to Dixon’s request for an interview on the matter. When I told my Editor Suzanne Sheppard about Diaz’s comments, she asked: “Which Pan Trinbago? The same one we just paid money to the NCC for accreditation to cover Panorama? What freeness is Mr. Diaz referring to?”
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 22, 2011
The Trinidad Guardian

Primary school pan short of facilities
 

Diego Martin Boys RC School teacher Stella Richards Alleyne dances with pupils at yesterday’s launch of the National Junior PanoramaTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A lack of space and facilities are hindering many primary schools from qualifying for the Ministry of Education’s Pan in the Classroom programme and other arts initiatives proposed in the ministry’s revised primary school curriculum. The announcement was made yesterday by Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh during his feature address at the launch of the National Junior Panorama at Diego Martin Boys’ RC School, Church Street, Diego Martin. The school’s steelband kicked off the competition with their selection of Benjai’s Trini.
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Web Posted - Monday February 21, 2011
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Semi-finals Results Conventional Steel Orchestras
Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - 2011
 

PanOnTheNet logoTrinidad & Tobago - The finalists for the Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama Finals were announced during the wee hours of the  morning of February 21.

Thirty-one steel orchestras made the cut from a field of forty-four who took the stage at the “Savannah Party’ yesterday witnessed by thousands.  The event started after 10:00 a.m. and ended after 1:00 a.m. the following morning.

Usually the top ten steel orchestras move on to the final phase of competition.  However, two two-way ties in the Small Conventional Steel Orchestra category generated eleven bands in the “top ten” positions, which will vie for the title of 2011 champs in among the small bands.

The Grand Finals for the Medium and Large Conventional Steel Orchestra categories is scheduled for Saturday 5 March at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The finalists in each of  the three categories reflected in the results page.
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Web Posted - Monday February 21, 2011
Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday

Golden Symphony tops semi-final
 

A Bass player with Southern Marines steel orchestra whips up his dreadlocks during the small band competition of the 2011 Panorama semifinals at Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-SpainTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. -After placing third in the preliminaries, Arima Golden Symphony placed first in the semi-final round of the small band Panorama at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain yesterday.

Their strong and energetic performance of De Fosto’s “In She Rainorama”, earned them first with 263 points.

First time entrant, St Margaret’s Superstars, which placed first in the preliminaries, slipped to fifth place in the semis with 256 points. The band is made up of a mixture of teachers, parents and students of St Margaret’s RC School in Belmont. The school has been in winner’s row several times at the Junior Panorama level.

Tornadoes and Merrytones tied for second with 261 points and Golden Hands placed fourth with 259 points.

The small band competition got things off to a steady start in the National Panorama Semi-Finals which also featured bands in the small, medium and large categories. In small bands the number of players allowed for the semis is 60; the figure is no more than 90 for mediums and large bands are allowed 120.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 20, 2011
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Junior Panorama kicks off for the Trinidad & Tobago 2011 Panorama season
 

St. Augustine Senior Comprehensive Steel Orchestra at the 2006 Junior PanoramaTrinidad & Tobago - It is the turn of the nation’s Junior National steel orchestras to be in the spotlight in a music showdown, the first round of which runs February 21—24, 2011. Some forty-seven bands in the Primary (18), Secondary (15), and Non-School (14) categories registered to be part of this year’s Ministry of Education National Junior Panorama 2011 - being held in collaboration with Pan Trinbago and the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council.

....All the bands will be adjudicated at their schools or panyards.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 20, 2011
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Pan lovers see red over Greens
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan lovers and Pan Trinbago officials were yesterday upset over the lack of respect shown to the National instrument by patrons liming on the Greens at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, during the National Panorama semi-finals.

On several occasions yesterday, the house announcer had to plead with the DJ sound systems and rhythm sections to stop playing when the steel orchestras were performing before the judges. These calls for the music to stop were, for the most part, ignored and the DJ music could be heard in the Grand Stand.

It was an alarming sight on the Greens, with a couple thousand people packed into the area, which also housed tents, bar-b-que pits, buffet tables and large bars. There were also sound systems, stages with rhythm sections, steel ensembles and even a small brass band. In effect, there were several mini fetes taking place on the Greens.

Pan Trinbago Vice President, Byron Serette, was clearly upset over the situation, but told the Express the people on the Greens had purchased tickets to attend the event just as everyone else. He said Pan Trinbago did have stipulations on use of the Greens, but everything just seemed to be "thrown out the window" yesterday.

"Never again," Serette said.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 20, 2011
The Trinidad Guardian

Forgotten cavaliers of pan
New beginnings for Bobby Mohammed and old pan side
 

Lennox Bobby Mohammed, right, and band membersTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - How can a man devise a way to share the love for his wife and his dedication to his music without any compromise? At the height of his musical career, Lennox Bobby Mohammed encountered such a debilitating dilemma; a passionate and sensitive panist, now in his late 60s. Looking back to his past, he recalled the event when he and his wife parted ways. He suddenly grew melancholy and poetic as he mused: “How could love be so beautiful and turned out to be so painful?” Mohammed recalled his boyhood days when he lived with his parents in a humble home in Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad. In those days he listened with horror to the many weird and scary stories. A childlike smile played on his face as he explained, “Boy, my grand moddah used to tell us some scary stories about jumbies and lagahoo wid chain dragging behind; soucouyant, la diablesse and douennes wid feet turned backwards.” Many nights he was forced to sleep alongside his father for comfort and security against those ghostly, nocturnal characters. However, the village life was generally a happy one, mingling with his elder sister Lynette and younger brothers Selwyn and Lester along with neighbours and other school friends.
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Web Posted - Friday February 19, 2011
The Lethbridge Herald

CCH plays to the sound of a different drum
 

Catholic Central High School Grade 10 student Elaine Bird takes part in a music academy steel pan drum program in Sarah Harmon¹s class Tuesday in the school band room. Herald photo by David RossiterAlberta, Canada - Music students at Catholic Central High School don't need encouragement to beat the drum about the school's new steel pan drums.

"I was really excited because I've always loved the sound of steel drums, I've always loved that Jamaican kind of sound," said Jayme Webb, a Grade 10 student. "When I found out I was going to learn how to play them I was just ecstatic because I love percussion."
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Web Posted - Friday February 18, 2011
Tobago News

Katzenjammers tops first round
 

Tobago, W.I. - Steelband music reverberated from the East to West of Tobago last week Saturday as all roads in Tobago led to the various pan tents, as seven pan sides played before the national judges, vying to see, which band would be into the Panorama Semi finals.

The first stop was the T&Tec New East Side Dimension in Belle Garden. Central Symphony was next with their rendition of 'Scratcherman' by Crazy. Then it was off to Buccoo, where the NLCB Buccooneers played their piece from Destra's, 'Call Meh'. Bucconeers are the 2010 Tobago Pan Champs.

Their arranger Seion Gomez said Panorama does not end here, as his future aim is to develop the youth in the band, and help them to read and write music.

One pan player Chad Duncan, has been playing with Buccooneers, for the past 4 years and he is expected to be handed the reigns as arranger of the pan side.

"I love the national instrument, I have been playing it since I know myself, and I just love pan," Duncan said.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 16, 2011
When Steel Talks

Steelband Music Panorama Semi-finals: Order of Appearance - 2011
 

PanOnTheNet logoTrinidad & Tobago -  St. Margaret’s Superstars and Katzenjammers Steel Orchestras scored the most points in their respective categories in the National Panorama Small and Medium Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries.

St. Margaret’s Superstars, the Junior Panorama winner 2009, now competing in the ‘senior panorama’ –  appeared at position eleven, playing “Calling Meh” arranged by Shenelle Abraham.  For their effort, they amassed 271 points.

In the Medium Band category, Katzenjammers of Tobago placed first with a total of 252 points. Their tune of choice was Edwin Pouchet’s arrangement of “Wake Up”. 

The qualifying round which was held over a period of four days in the Tobago, North, South/Central and East regions of Trinidad and Tobago - saw a total of 87 steel bands vying for places in the semi final round. While the sixteen Large Bands were not adjudicated, they played their Panorama piece and were subjected to the band count (number of performing musicians).

At the end of the Preliminaries, forty-four bands will proceed to the National Panorama Semi Finals aka “Savannah Party” on Sunday 20th February 2011 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, beginning 9:00 a.m.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 15, 2011
When Steel Talks

Steelband Music Panorama Preliminary Round Results - 2011
 

PanOnTheNet logoTrinidad & Tobago -  Two steel orchestras from Trinidad’s sister isle of Tobago bands emerged at the top of the Medium Band Category after the Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama Preliminaries ended on Monday February 14. Katzenjammers from Blackrock, was first playing an Edwin Pouchet arrangement of “Wake Up”. Buccooneers also impressed with their rendition of “Calling Me” arranged by Seion Gomez. The first fourteen bands go through to the National Semi-Finals on Sunday 20 February, 2011.

First time entrant St. Margaret's Superstars, a mixture of current and past pupils and parents of St. Margaret's R.C. in Belmont, surprised many with their classy performance of Shenelle Abraham's arrangement of “Calling Meh”. That performance earned them the top spot in the Small Conventional Steel Orchestra category at the completion of Monday’s preliminary round. Last year's winner and defending champs Arima Golden Symphony was not too far behind in third position. The first fourteen bands go through to the Semi-Finals on Sunday 20 February, 2011.
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Web Posted - Monday February 14, 2011
When Steel Talks

Esperanza Spalding takes home the Grammy for Best New Artist
 

Global -  Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding took home the Grammy for Best New Artist. When Steel Talks revisits a past article about Ms. Spalding.
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Web Posted - Monday February 14, 2011
Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday

Steelband competition off to rollicking start
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Playing a rollicking Alexis “Lecky” Hope arrangement of Brian “Bean” Griffith’s “How We Coming” before a crowd at their Pan Theatre at Belle Garden, in east Tobago, Friday night, TTEC East Side New Dimension lifted the curtain on competition in the National Panorama Preliminaries among Small and Medium Conventional steelbands in the island.

TTEC East Side, as the band is widely known, which once ruled the roost in Tobago’s steelband fraternity having captured the Panorama Champions title on the island a record 13 times, was first before the judges playing in the Small Bands category.

From Belle Garden the roving panel of judges moved onto Old Road Junction in Scarborough to hear Central Symphony play “Scratcher Man”. Next stop was the little seaside village of Buccoo on Tobago’s south-west end where NLCB Buccooneers served up a scintillating rendition of “Calling Me”.
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Web Posted - Monday February 14, 2011
The Richard Francois Blog

Congratulations to Parkside Steel
2011 Guyana Panorama champs
 

Georgetown, Guyana - Parkside Steel Orchestra arguably remains the modern Guyanese steel pan music standard bearers who continue to redefine musical excellence with their every performance. From its humble beginnings downstairs of the Department of Culture building which was located at the back of the National Park, Parkside has become the top steel band in the country.

I would like to congratulate the men and women of Parkside Steel for winning the recently held Republic Bank’s 2011 Mashramani Steel Band Competition. Parkside showed its dominating excellence by convincingly winning the competition by an astounding 36 points, beating their opponents by a wide margin.
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Web Posted - Monday February 14, 2011
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Mashramani Pan-O-Rama Steel Band
 

Mashramani Steel Band from Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana - The energetic North Ruimveldt Steel Orchestra competing at the Republic Bank Mashramani Pan-O-Rama Steel Band Competition at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday.
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Web Posted - Monday February 14, 2011
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Judges fearful of panyards
 

Bass panists with Crescendoes Musical show passion during the band’s performance of Leave De Money at yesterday’s pan prelims at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Music adjudicators are not comfortable going into panyards in Laventille and environs to preside over steelbands competing in this year’s National Panorama competition says Douglas Williams, chairman, northern region Pan Trinbago. As a result, Pan Trinbago is staging this year’s competition series at major public venues across the country.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 13, 2011
Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday

Pan arranger discharged from hospital
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Pan arranger, Edwin Pouchet who had been hospitalised in Tobago after complaining of feeling unwell, has returned home after being discharged and is said to be resting comfortably.

The long-time arranger of defending Panorama champs PSC Silver Stars, had been in the process of arranging for one of Tobago’s top medium band, Katzenjammers.

The 55-year-old was admitted to the Scarborough General Hospital last Sunday after he complained of feeling unwell while working at Katzenjammers’ panyard in Black Rock.

Pouchet’s wife, Christine said he had been kept under observation following his medical history which included a triple by-pass in 1999 and angioplasty in 2004.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 13, 2011
When Steel Talks

Broadcasting Panorama 2011: Another Year, Same Old Story
Panorama 2011 on the air?
by Kenneth Headley
 

Global -  It is panorama time again, and all pan lovers around the world are excited to see what surprises this year’s competition will bring. Nonetheless, the first rounds of Panorama 2011 have come and gone for many bands except for the East and South Zone Preliminaries without most of us not hearing the sweet sound of pan.

As a true pan lover I don’t just want to hear the medium bands and large bands, I want to hear the brilliant interpretations of arrangers in the single pan and small band categories as well. With Tobago and the large bands only being adjudicated in their perspective yards, why isn’t the rest of the preliminary round of panorama streaming on the internet. With current advancements in technology, we should be able to watch or listen to the full progression of this competition from any part of the world.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 12, 2011
The Trinidad Guardian

How Sagicor Exodus came to settle for $1
 

Exodus band manager Ainsworth Mohammed Trinidad & Tobago - Pan Trinbago Apology to Exodus” screamed the headline over the body of text that stated in its final paragraph: “In an effort to resolve this matter which has been under legal consideration since then, Sagicor Exodus has agreed to accept the sum of $1 representing damages.” What had the Caribbean Panorama, World Steelband Music Festival and National Panorama champions done to become embroiled in a legal matter with Pan Trinbago and, after being victorious, settle for just one dollar?

....“But we learned that Arnold said he wanted to ‘break up the big five’—Desperadoes, Phase II, All Stars, Renegades and Exodus,” said Mohammed.

“So on the night of the final someone called and told him we were appearing with more than 100 players. I called him one hour before the start on his cell phone to enquire, and he admitted that he received the call, but said he ‘was not taking on that.’ “Yet, when we went on stage we were delayed for nearly 45 minutes by Pan Trinbago personnel and police who were there to ensure law and order and not to determine the numbers in bands. “Sagicor Exodus was the second in playing position, but the first of the “power” bands. We admitted to the officials that we had 124 players, and we were bullied by them and the Police to reduce the numbers to 100. This was never done before by any past president of Pan Trinbago.
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Web Posted - Friday February 11, 2011
The Trinidad Guardian

Emily, the female Ellie Mannette
 

Emily LemmermanTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Meet Emily Lemmerman. She is not just a panwoman, she is a tuner, and builder of steelpans in Austin, Texas. She owns the Barracuda Steel Drums Company and, together with Darren Duke and Billy Sheeder, they have been charting a beautiful course for pan. Now get this, Lemmerman eats, sleeps, breathe and even sits on the pan. It’s her life. She is not fly-by-night pan tuner. Her skills have been honed under one of the best in the business—Elliot “Ellie” Mannette. She served her apprenticeship for years (1998-2004), and in tribute to the man Mannette, she chose the name Barracuda for her company.
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Web Posted - Friday February 11, 2011
The Noosa Journal

Search for players to join band
 

MAKING MUSIC: Lennox Jordan, Sharon Brown and Matthew Davies hope to share their love of the steel drum soundDoonan, Australia - Doonan resident Matthew Davies started Panschool - this week’s feature business in The Journal’s Stimulus Package promotion - with one mission: to inspire steel bands across the Sunshine Coast.

Originally from the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Matthew grew up entrenched in steel bands and their percussion instruments.

“Sharon, Lennox and myself decided to start Panschool because steel bands are almost unknown in Australia,” he said.

“Steel bands are hugely popular throughout the Caribbean, North America, the UK, Europe and, more recently in Asia. We want to develop a steel band culture that will result in Australia being able to compete at the international level in the steel band competitions.”
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
Tobago News

Tobago’s young musical doctor
 

Dr. Binta S Carrington, medical doctor and steelpan musicianTobago, W.I. - Binta S. Carrington is one of Tobago's young, talented musical geniuses. She personifies herself with words such as: humility, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and success.

...."My mom realising this struggle, sat me down one day and told me that I had the potential to achieve any goal I pursue. However, seeing that I was good at music, it was better to pursue a field that would pose a challenge to me. She said to me, that if for some strange reason I became tired of my career path, then it was possible for me to fall back on Music."

This is where she decided that she would become a 'Musical Doctor'. This meant that after becoming a medical doctor, she would use music as therapy in the healing process of her patients.

....During the last 14 years, she played the tenor pan, and has performed as a soloist, duet, and band member. Additionally, she has composed and arranged music.

"In 2004, my arrangement of Winston "Shadow" Bailey's "Cocoyea" copped sixth place in the National Junior Panorama finals for "Katzenjammers' Kids". In, 2005, I arranged on the road for 'Our Boys Steel Orchestra' both Carnival Monday and Tuesday."
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
Tobago News

Hope Pan Groovers tops Tobago Single bands
 

Tobago, W.I. - Hope Pan Groovers which once ruled the roost as the premier single pan steel band in Tobago sounded the first warning in the quest for steel band honours in the 2011 Panorama competition in Tobago.

The Hope village steel band emerged as the top Tobago single pan steel band in the Pan Trinbago Tobago Region Single Pan Band preliminary round of the national Panorama competition.

Last week Friday, Hope Pan Groovers was among five Tobago bands which faced the national judgers at their pan yards.

When the 'smoke cleared' and the judges declared their results, it was Hope Pan Groovers with 235 points which finished as the top Tobago band. Groovers rendered a Tony 'Pan Jumbie' Williams arrangement of 'Showtime'.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
When Steel Talks

Steel Orchestra Under Siege in the Land of Pan - Trinidad and Tobago
by Michael L. Joseph
 

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Trinidad & Tobago -  In Trinbago, the home of the Steel Pan, there is mischief afoot. Please allow me some space to tell my story. On the night of Feb. 9, 2011, just around 10:45PM the Southern Marines Steel Orchestra was outside their Pan Theatre rehearsing for Panorama 2011, as is the custom and practice for the near sixty years of this Steel Orchestra in the community of Marabella and with Panorama preliminaries just three days away two Police officers, in Police vehicle #PCL 9796, came and informed a member of the leadership that the Steelband does not have permission to practice outside the yard, and they should stop playing the instruments immediately.

The members thought this had to be an early all fools trick, so they kept on playing. I came in time to see the driver reentering the vehicle. I indicated to him and the WPC at his side, that, maybe we should talk. He made a sign indicating that he was not hearing and drove off. Within half an hour a member came into the Pan yard to inform me that they were back, with reinforcement. When I came outside, I saw one other officer, making them three in number and they were trying to explain something to a member of our executive. I intervened by saying goodnight, who is the senior officer in charge here. The new comer identified himself as the one.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
The Times Reporter

Dover High Steel Band to perform annual Pantasia concert
 

Dover High School senior steel drum band members (l-r) Dan Bolen, Raeann Lindon, Kassidy Spring, Nikki Hagy, Stephanie Bond and Alex Lovett prepare for the annual concert.Ohio, USA - Dover High’s Steel Band will transport members of the audience to a more tropical setting Feb. 20 when members present their annual Pantasia concert.

“Here Comes the Sun” will be performed at 7 p.m. in the Dover High auditorium under the direction of Joan Wenzel.

The program will showcase the 35 musicians of the steel band, sharing the stage with special guest and clinician Tom Miller. Miller’s experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator has made him an integral part of Pantasia for the past 15 year, teaching and performing with the students.

The band will perform a a program of favorites, including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” their signature song; an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” with a distinctive Trinidad setting, and others.

In addition to new selections taught by Miller, the band will perform a trio of arrangements by Matt Dudack, artistic director of the University of Akron Steel Band.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
When Steel Talks

North Region Small & Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Preliminary: Order of Appearance
 

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Trinidad & Tobago -  Twenty three (23) North Bands competing in the Small and Medium Conventional steel orchestra preliminaries drew for positions earlier today. Come Saturday 12 February, they will go through their paces before two separate panels of judges at Victoria Square, Park Street, Port-of-Spain. The competition starts at 1:00 p.m.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 10, 2011
Trinidad Express

Band members discuss moving to ‘safer’ location
Panyard shooting victim laid to rest
 

Sad time: Joanne Cyrus is consoled by a friend during the funeral service yesterday for her husband, Henry Cyrus, at Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra's panyard at Morvant JunctionTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - UNI-STARS band members are contemplating whether to remain at their Laventille base or move to Woodbrook, Port of Spain, after last week's gun attack which left a founding member dead and three others injured.

The possible relocation was the topic of discussion at the funeral of 55-year-old Henry Cyrus, who was shot dead on February 4.

Anthony Walker, another founding member, said, "It was told to me that we may move and that we may have to practise elsewhere until this thing blows over."

But his suggestion was shot down by another band member.

"Why we must move? What! Is because of some lil boys," said the woman, who declined to reveal her identity.

Cyrus's funeral took place the Solo Harmonites panyard, near the Morvant Junction. There was a group of police officers present.
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Web Posted - Monday February 7, 2011
When Steel Talks

Journalist Keith Smith has Passed
 

Trinidad & Tobago -  Respected journalist and editor of the  Trinidad Express has passed. He was 65 years old.

Noted writers, educators and musicians shared their fond memories of Mr. Smith in the When Steel Talks Forum.

Author and educator Kim Johnson says, “Keith Smith was one of the most remarkable men I’ll ever meet. He was certainly the most gifted writer I’ve known...”
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Web Posted - Monday February 7, 2011
When Steel Talks

Single Pan Band Preliminary Results: North Region
 

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Trinidad & Tobago - Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra and Scrunters Pan Groove both tied for the top spot in the recent Single Pan Band preliminaries for the Northern Region. The two bands and twelve others now join other semi-finalists from all the regions, as they strive to make it to the finals, and ultimately, cop the 2011 Single Pan Band national title.

Performing at positions 11 and 27 respectively, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra and Scrunters Pan Groove emerged with 267 points each to secure a place in the National Semi Finals, to be held at the same venue on Saturday 26th February 2011. Also making the cut was the Trinidad & Tobago Fire Services Steel Orchestra. The Morvant-based band secured 257 points.

Twenty-eight steel bands were judged on Arrangement (40), General Performance (40), Tone (40) and Rhythm (10), making a total of 100 points. Fourteen of those Single Pan bands will advance to the semi final stage.
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Web Posted - Monday February 7, 2011
When Steel Talks

Single Pan Band Preliminary Results: South Region & Central Region
 

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Trinidad & Tobago - Four steel bands in the South/Central region have advanced to the National Single Pan Bands Semi Finals. The bands are Self Help Marines, Rio Claro Koskeros, Shades In Steel and Fyzabad 4th Dimension.

Self Help Marines of Point Fortin performing in tenth position, played a Jason Baptiste arrangement of Denyse Plummer’s “Nah Leaving”.

A total of ten bands were scheduled to face the adjudicators on Sunday evening in an event billed The Pleasantville Scrimmage at the Pleasantville Community Centre, San Fernando, south Trinidad.
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Web Posted - Monday February 7, 2011
When Steel Talks

Single Pan Band Preliminary Results: Eastern Region & Tobago Region
 

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Trinidad & Tobago - The preliminary stages for the Single Pan Band competition have been completed. In the Eastern region, San Juan East Side Symphony under the baton of Duvone Stewart topped the category. In Tobago, Hope Pan Groovers with arranger Tony 'Pan Jumbie' Williams took first place honors in this rounds. Eleven bands, and three bands from these two regions, respectively - move on to the semi-finals.

Playing at position nine, San Juan East Side Symphony caught the judges’ fancy with their rendition of Burning Flames’s “The Magician” to amass 280.5 points in the recently-concluded East Zone National Single Pan Preliminaries 2011 last Friday evening.

Defending Single Pan Band champion L. H. Pan Groove has to settle for second spot with 276 points. Their tune of choice was Shurwayne Winchester’s “Dead or Alive”. San Juan All Stars came in third with 271.5 points for their performance of “Bacchanal Time” composed and sung by Super Blue (Austin Lyons).

Eleven East bands in order of merit will proceed to the next round of the competition which comes off at the Saturday 26 February 2011 at Victoria Square, Port of Spain.
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Web Posted - Monday February 7, 2011
The Daily Collegian

Students celebrate Caribbean heritage
Brooklyn based steel drum orchestra CASYM performs at the Caribbean Student Association event & Royal Caribbean: Island Hopping & Saturday night in the HUB Heritage Hall
 

Brooklyn based steel drum orchestra Casym performs at the Caribbean Student Association event "Royal Caribbean: Island Hopping" Saturday night in the HUB Heritage HallPennsylvania, USA - Students had the chance to travel to the Caribbean islands Saturday night when the Caribbean Student Association held its “Royal Caribbean: Island Hopping” event.

Though reggae artist Rupee known for his hit single “Tempted to Touch ” was unable to perform, it did not stop CSA from giving Penn State a little taste of the Caribbean. To provide the full experience, Golden Krust provided Jamaican food at the event. The meal included rice and peas, roti, oxtail, curry chicken, white rice and black cake.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 5, 2011
When Steel Talks

Steel Pan History, UWI &  Woodbrook Playboyz
Eric Mannweiler reports on his 2011 steelband panorama experiences
 

Eric Global - Ok so I have some awesome experiences to share. On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Jeannine Remy and sit in on her "Steel Pan History and Development" course at UWI. The students were all young, around their 20s. It was really encouraging to see people investing in the history of steelband, and considering it's future. Dr. Remy has so much information and was very welcoming, so I hope to be able to talk to her more. (I also plan to buy her book on Invaders, which I encourage all of you to do once if comes out.) UWI has such an awesome pan program, which I must admit I am jealous of. They not only have the history and development course, but a Steelband Literature course, a Steelband Technology course, plus all of the ensembles.. wow, I wish there were programs like that in Indiana.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 5, 2011
When Steel Talks

Dedicate Panorama 2011 to Those Lives Lost
Steelpan Music Community in Crisis
 

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Global - To When Steel Talks, the Steelpan Community, and PanTrinbago, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has definitely hit a low point when innocent pan men are afraid to go to their rehearsals with the fear of being shot and killed by those people in the country who are not living a traditional or true Trini way of life..

Pan-men Henry Cyrus and Wendell Joseph (RIP) were both killed in their perspective panyards over the last week or so. Beyond that, others were injured including a young schoolboy and an up and coming arranger, composer, panist, wife and mother, Ms. Avis Bruce. It would be very fitting for Pan Trinbago to dedicate Panorama 2011 to these two pan men and their families. This is ought to be Pan Trinbago’s overture on behalf of the Steel pan community to recognize the dedication love and most of all the unselfishness of these two pan men. Beyond that, it would show those vagabonds completing these horrendous crimes that panmen do not condone any form of violence.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 4, 2011
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Steel band player killed in T&T drive-by
 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Police are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed a member of a steel band practicing for the upcoming Carnival celebrations during a drive-by shooting in the volatile Laventille area, along the east-west corridor last night.

Police said that Henry Cyrus, a founding member of the 'UNISTARS' band was killed while three other persons, including a schoolboy, remain hospitalised as a result of the shootings.

The arranger for the band, Michael Green, speaking on local radio, said that the incident has come as a shock, since the band is not located in what he described as the “hot sports” in Laventille that has seen a flare up in rival gang activities in recent months.

He said the incident occurred just as the band members were re-assembling for practice after a short break. "Within that time a car just passed by and let go bullets, killing one man and injuring three others," he said, insisting “this is the peaceful area of Laventille, we are out of all those (criminal) activities".
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Web Posted - Thursday February 4, 2011
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Panyard Shooting - Trinidad News Video Clip
 

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Web Posted - Thursday February 3, 2011
Intermountain Catholic

Juan Diego will host the State Steel Drum Festival
 

Juan Diego Catholic High School students prepare to perform in the State Steel Drum Festival with junior high and high schools from throughout the Salt Lake ValleyUtah, USA - Juan Diego Catholic High School will host the Utah State Steel Drum Festival, a multi-school competition featuring Caribbean-style steel drums, Feb. 12.

Bands from Juan Diego, Saint John the Baptist Middle School, American Fork High and Junior High schools, West High School, Riverton High School, Timpanogos High School and Pleasant Grove Junior High will participate in this clinic and concert. "This state-wide festival will feature each band performing for a half an hour, followed by each band working one-on-one with a guest clinician," said Jed Blodgett, Juan Diego orchestra, percussion ensemble, steel drum and drumline director. Blodgett also is the director for percussion, steel drum band, and 6th grade band and orchestra at St. John the Baptist Middle School.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 3, 2011
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Old Mill Steel Drum Band Rocks the Tent at Polar Bear Plunge
 

Old Mill Steel Drum BandMaryland, USA - The Old Mill Steel Drum Band performed at the 2011 Polar Bear Plunge this weekend, offering the warming sounds of the Caribbean to those who jumped in the bay’s freezing waters.

With countless thousands in attendance, the band was one of the featured performers of the day, playing between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for some of the most committed plungers.

“The band performed in the super plungers tent,” said bandleader and Old Mill Music Director, Mike Miller. A significant privilege considering the tent is an exclusive area.

“The audience danced and cheered and seemed to have a great time while we played,” said Miller. “People are always surprised to hear how good the band sounds.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 2, 2011
When Steel Talks

Bake & Shark, Bake & Shark, BAKE AND SHARK!
Eric Mannweiler reports on his 2011 steelband panorama experiences
 

Eric Global - Well folks, I finally got a trip to Maracas in this afternoon. All the hype you may have noticed Bake and Shark getting? IT'S ALL TRUE! Hats off to Richard's Bake and Shark, for what is perhaps one of the best things I've had this trip! For those of you who don't know what Bake and Shark is, picture this: a piece of fried bake is cut open to make a sandwich, in which two pieces of lightly fried or breaded shark meat is put inside. Then you go and pile on toppings like pepper sauce, mango, pineapple, and all sorts of sauces. Delicious! Maracas is also a beautiful place, with an incredibly beautiful drive to get there.

I mentioned the other day that I had been invited to play with Woodbrook Playboyz and I was not sure if I would play with them or not. Well their arranger, Karon Valentine (spelling?) asked that I at least play for the preliminaries this weekend.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 1, 2011
When Steel Talks

The Philosophy of a Tune for Panorama
by Khuent Rose
 

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Global - The problem that we will face is that calling anything a "pan tune", more specifically narrowing the scope of a musical composition to fit the mores of a cultural habit. Trinidadian-social thinking will inherently propose certain things are more valid for the instrument than others, because of the close nature of the music that historically been translated to the instrument.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 1, 2011
When Steel Talks

The Pan Tune is an Anomaly
by Daryl Joseph, MA
 

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Global - I have always maintained that the ‘pan tune’ is an anomaly caused by an unfortunate and untimely combination of circumstances that gave birth to this pseudo-genre of local music.

Recall that around the late 90s, a few things happened simultaneously:

  • Pan arrangers were rewarded by the judges for discarding a more ‘people friendly’ approach to arranging in favour of a more musically complex approach

  • The result of point 1, above, is that less crowd-pleasing, but more musically ‘sophisticated’ arrangements, calling for more complicated melodies, gave rise to the increase of ‘own tunes’ by arrangers.

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Web Posted - Tuesday February 1, 2011
When Steel Talks

What is a Pan Tune?
A When Steel Talks Steelband Panorama Competition Special
 

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Global - When Steel Talks was recently contacted by a well-known steelpan music academic who expressed some concern over certain tunes which have been listed in the 2011 Pan Tunes lineup.

The heading “Panorama Tunes for 2011” simply means the composer of the tune sent us written confirmation, with the submission of their music work(s), that they wanted their tune to be considered by steel orchestras for the global panorama seasons of said year.

As to what constitutes a panorama tune, that is still up for debate. Is it musical content and/or layout? Is it lyrical content? Is it historical content that relates to pan? Is it a tune written by the band's arranger? Or is a “pan tune” simply a tune that a band has chosen to play at panorama - no matter what the reason?
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 1, 2011
Haverhill Echo

Workshop steels the limelight in school visit
 

Steelpan workshopSuffolk, England - A musical taste of the Caribbean came to Clements Primary School in Haverhill when pupils got the chance to play steel pan drums.

East London-based Maju workshop went to the school last Wednesday to spend the day giving pupils the change to see what steel pan drumming is all about.

All the school’s classes, from nursery through to year five, received a demonstration before being given the chance to play a drum.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “It gives children another outlook at a different culture and a different way of playing things.

“Some of them have not even seen them before. It was lovely to see it. They had them all up dancing.

“It was lovely to hear it, just to hear the noise of the steel band.”
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