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Web Posted - Friday June 24, 2016
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 A School's Strategy to Improve Attendance Starts at 7 a.m.

Brooklyn's Labor Day Carnival - 1983
 

New York, USA - At P.S. 156 Waverly in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Principal Beverly Logan started the year thinking about how to tackle a 40 percent chronic absentee rate. That means that well over a third of her students missed at least 18 days of school the year before.

So to improve absences and lateness, the school decided to offer students a chance to do things they loved. Specifically: taking part in either drum corps, the steel pan band, the dance team or basketball — all starting at 7 a.m.

“They have to feel success somewhere,” said Principal Beverly Logan. “So to me, the arts and sports is a start.”
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Web Posted - Thursday June 23, 2016
When Steel Talks

 Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus - History of Carnival

by Doris Green

Brooklyn's Labor Day Carnival - 1983
 

Global - Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus is an intellect, scholar and gentleman whose name is synonymous with excellence and integrity. This charismatic figure and former UN Ambassador is also one of the great historians of the Caribbean. When Steel Talks (WST) spotlights Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus in his capacity of Carnival and Steelpan historian extraordinaire as we revisit a 1985 interview with academic, ethnomusicologist, journalist, and cultural and music standout Doris Green.
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Web Posted - Wednesday June 22, 2016
When Steel Talks

 NYC Premiere of Panomundo Part 1 on June 25th - Steelpan Documentary


 

New York, USA - The New York City Premiere of Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan will take place on Saturday June 25, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at ARTs East New York in Brooklyn. There will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Charysse Tia Harper following the 42-minute documentary. This event is in partnership with a Take Stock Inc. initiative called “Evolution of Steelpan” (EOS). 
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Web Posted - Tuesday June 21, 2016
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 Orman “Patsy” Haynes - Professor Of Steel Band Music - Steelband History

by Doris Green

Orman “Patsy” HaynesGlobal - Orman “Patsy” Haynes from Casablanca Steel Orchestra is simply one of the all-time greats of Pan. When Steel Talks (WST) spotlights Orman “Patsy” Haynes as we revisit his 1985 interview with academic, journalist, historian, and cultural and music standout Doris Green.
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Web Posted - Tuesday June 21, 2016
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Leon “Foster” Thomas finds million uses for steel pan in next jazz release

 Leon Foster Thomas - Metamorphosis
 

Florida, USA - You wouldn’t think there’d be much use for a steel pan player in jazz other than light, spare accompaniment or a special effect in one encore. Leon Foster Thomas changes the game for all steel pan players few and far between on yet another nervy, yet highly musical album, Metamorphosis on Ropeadope Records (June 3, 2016).

Originally from Trinidad Tobago, the Miami-based Foster Thomas isn’t alone in his steel pan jazz adventure. He goes on a fun tear on eight originals and one cover of Procol Harum’s 1967 rock classic, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” with the likes of trumpeter/EVI player John Daversa, percussionist Sammy Figueroa, tenor saxophonist/flutist David Palma, guitarist Fernando Ulibarri, bassist Kurt Hengstebeck, pianist Martin Bejerano, drummer Michael Piolet, and trumpeter Jean Caze.
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Web Posted - Monday June 20, 2016
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Percussion master showcased in San Bernardino library workshop

 Steel Band students perform in concert at Birch Creek Music Performance Center.
 

Wisconsin, USA - Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor opens its 2016 summer concert season with the start of its Percussion & Steel Band session June 23.

Birch Creek is a residential summer music academy where gifted students learn from music professionals from across the country during the day, then perform alongside them in concerts at night in the campus’ 500-seat century-old Dutton Concert Barn. Two-week sessions are held, with concerts, in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and twice in Big Band Jazz.

....Other concerts in the Percussion session are “Island Hoppers: A Percussion Travelogue” on June 24; “Caribbean Cruise” June 25; “Percussive Jazz” with Moore, June 28; “Steel Panoramic” with steel pan master Liam Teague, June 30; “Percussion Pops” (the Dutton Memorial Concert), July 1; and “A Star-Spangled Percussion Spectacular,” July 2.
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Web Posted - Saturday June 18, 2016
The Sun

Percussion master showcased in San Bernardino library workshop

 Joseph Peck, musician, educator, and producer performs on the steel drum at the Feldheym Central Library in San Bernardino Saturday
 

California, USA - ....His dad grew up on a farm and listened only to country music before [Joseph] Peck expanded his music appreciation to jazz, the steel drums or pans of Trinidad and Tobago, calypso, reggae and ultimately world music. Peck added Afro-Cuban music to his stylistic choices when he was 11 and the family moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Boca Raton, Florida.

....Peck’s firsthand information on the steel drum was pooled from the brains and musical hearts of mentor Ellie Mannette, considered the father of the modern steel drum and a cultural icon in Trinidad.

....Peck’s mentors also included Ken “Professor” Philmore, a respected pan player in Trinidad and former Duke Ellington Orchestra musician; Wichita State percussions professor J.C. Combs who encouraged Peck to complete a Bachelor of Music Education in percussion performance and music education and to perform his skills to such a high level he could perform with the 120-member steel-pan orchestra Potential Symphony, directed by Philmore for carnival in Trinidad. Master steel-pan jazz musician Andy Narell rounded out his musical mentoring.
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Web Posted - Friday June 17, 2016
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 Herman Johnston - The Johnston Fantastic Symphony Steel Orchestra - Steelband History

by Doris Green


 

Global - He is one of the central figures in the history of the steelpan instrument and art form. He was a legendary performer, musician, innovator and leader in the Golden age of Pan. In addition, he is a founding member of the champion North Stars Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, BWIA Sun Jets / West Side Symphony, and the Johnston Fantastic Symphony Steel Orchestra of North America.

In a relatively short time, he experienced extraordinary success within the steelpan art form. When Steel Talks (WST) spotlights Herman Johnston as we revisit his 1985 interview with academic, journalist, historian, and cultural and music standout Doris Green.
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Web Posted - Friday June 17, 2016
The Franklin News Post

 Fathers’ Day steel drum concert set at 4-H center

Event benefits SML Good Neighbors

SML’s Parrot Pan and Toucan Pan steel drum bands
 

Virginia, USA - SML’s Parrot Pan and Toucan Pan steel drum bands will perform for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. in the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center’s covered pavilion.

“This will be the third Fathers’ Day concert to benefit SML Good Neighbors,” said Russ Baskett, SML Good Neighbors founder and executive director.

“Everyone has a great time greeting friends and neighbors to the sounds of island music played on steel pans,” he said. “The bands have grown and so has their repertoire. This promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of celebrating to the happy sounds of steel drum music.”
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Web Posted - Thursday June 16, 2016
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 A Win for Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts, Community and Pan - East Flatbush Community Pushback stops City land-grab and immoral intentions...


 

Global - Recently it was announced in the New York Daily News that the city of New York under the auspices of the DOE (Department of Education) has withdrawn its own proposal to place students from an Uncommon Kings Collegiate Charter elementary school into the prestigious I.S. 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts’ building in East Flatbush after a major pushback from the community.

The DOE suffered a resounding defeat and embarrassment in the exposure of its ill-conceived and duplicitous plans for the charter ‘co-location’ at Meyer Levin.
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Web Posted - Monday June 13, 2016
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 Hueloy - Cultural Promoter - Steelband History

by Doris Green

Vincent “Hueloy” Lila Yip Young
 

Global - He is a steelpan music icon, respected, award-wining, and a global ambassador of the steelpan art form. In addition, he is a founding member of the champion Harmonites Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago. When Steel Talks (WST) spotlights Vincent “Hueloy” Lila Yip Young as we revisit a 1985 interview with academic, journalist, and cultural and music standout Doris Green. 
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Web Posted - Saturday June 11, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Mayor saves St James pan festival

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - As late as 8 p.m. on Thursday, when it seemed that tonight’s 16th annual steelband parade along Western Main Road, St James, would be cancelled due to a lack of funding, Port-of-Spain Mayor Kerron Valentine came through and saved the day.

As he presented an award to Sharon Ramjohn, on behalf of 2016 WeBeat St James Live honoree the Kanhai family, the mayor announced that monies would be drawn down from the Mayor’s Fund to finance the parade, to be staged by the St James Community Improvement Committee (St James CIC) this evening at 7 p.m.

....A number of steel orchestras had earlier assured the St James CIC that, with or without funding, they would perform tonight thereby not disappointing the thousands who throng to the western suburb of the nation’s capital annually for this event. These steelbands included Republic Bank Exodus, NHL Starlift, bpTT Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra, St James Tripolians, Brimblers, Old Tech and La Creole Pan Groove.
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Web Posted - Monday June 6, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

People studying pan in America

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago President Keith Diaz has renewed calls for a local masters degree programme in steelpan as people are learning Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument in other countries.

....He said that it takes 10 years to become a master pan tuner and there needs to have pan tuning in programmes with accreditation locally “before somebody in the US, Canada or England do that”.

He reported that he has been speaking to the MIC board about a degree in pan tuning. He suggested that they should start in schools and pan tuning is getting “bigger and bigger” and there is money in the skill. He reported that in the United States there are 500 schools with pan programmes and six schools in the United Kingdom.

“We cannot afford to continue with road we going,” he stressed.

....He pointed out that the University of Chicago has had a pan programme for more than 10 years now and people from Caribbean countries go there to study it and do not come to Trinidad “because there is none in Trinidad and Tobago. But this is the land of the steelpan.”
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Web Posted - Friday June 3, 2016
When Steel Talks

 San City Steel Symphony Sings Sad Song - Wall falling on steelpan instruments latest in tale of woe

Damage at San City Steel Symphony’s pan yard
 

San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Usually, San City Steel Symphony housed on Carib Street in the city of San Fernando, south Trinidad is in the business of making sweet music. And that skill set saw the band coming in second in the country’s 2009 national Panorama competition, small conventional orchestra category. The past couple of days however, theirs has been a song of woe as the well-known steel orchestra finds itself presently not being able to practice in what has been their rehearsal space for more than twenty-five years. The latest obstacle? A wall falling, during practice, damaging some of their instruments in the process; fortunately none of the players were injured. 
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 31, 2016
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 WIADCA, Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Heads of Delegations forge relationship-building outreach during Caribbean Week

Left to right:  CTO Chairman Richard Sealy; USSA president Martin Douglas; Executive Director, National Travel and Tourism Office Kelly Craighead; WIADCA President William R. Howard and Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the CTO
 

New York, USA - A ‘marriage made in heaven’ - that of “WIADCA (West Indian American Day Carnival Association) and CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) bringing collective minds together.” These were the words of Brooklyn-born Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, as she engaged the audience in front of her. She went on to say that it (the marriage) was ‘one that should have taken place years ago,’ and the two organizations did indeed come together at what was billed as a “ground-breaking, relationship-building dinner.” On a great Spring evening—the last in the month of May—hosted at Giando On The Water in Brooklyn, present were Heads of Caribbean Delegations all in New York for the CTO’s annual Caribbean Week.
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Web Posted - Friday May 27, 2016
OPB.org

Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, “Was Dog A Doughnut’

 Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band CD
 

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
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

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
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

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
Kaieteur News

Young steel pan player killed in freak accident

Kivon ScipioGuyana, S.A. - A 14-year-old steel pan player, who was slated to perform at the flag-raising ceremony last night, was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday evening in front of the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School.

The teen had just finished rehearsing for the “big day” at D’Urban Park and was heading back to the school with four other students in a truck to offload instruments when the tragedy occurred at around 21:30 hrs.

Kivon Scipio of Lot 6 Railway Line, Kitty, was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.

According to reports, just as the truck was about to reverse into the school compound, the 14-year-old teenager jumped off the back of the vehicle but fell under it.

....At the teen’s home yesterday, his mother, Alieka Davis said that she was at home when someone called and informed her that the young man was involved in an accident.

....Fighting tears, the woman said that Scipio was her only child and loved playing the steel pan. In fact, he had been playing for the Pan Wave Steel Orchestra for the past two years.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 26, 2016
TimesReporter.com

Graduating Dover High senior, Michael Maxwell, wants to help send people to Mars

 Dover High School senior, Michael Maxwell, plays a steel drum at a recent band practice.
 

Ohio, USA - Michael Maxwell’s band director regards him as a talented musician. But when the graduating Dover High School senior contemplates a career among the stars, he’s thinking about the sky, not the stage.

“My dream job is to somehow be involved in getting human beings to land on Mars,” he said. “NASA predicts that human beings will land on Mars in the 2030s. By the time I’d be getting into the field, that’s when they’re really going to start pushing. The moon landings are something I’m so passionate about. I love reading about them and watching documentary films about them.

....His high school career included achieving a grade-point average of nearly 4.0 while playing in symphonic band, steel drum band, jazz band, marching band and the pit orchestra for school musicals.

....Retired teacher Joan Wenzel was his middle school band director, percussion director in high school and the creator of the steel drum band. She performs with him — and sometimes instructs him — in the Greco Band.

“She’s still my teacher,” Maxwell said. “She’s had a profound influence on my life.”
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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 - Wednesday May 25, 2016
Starbroek News

Richard Ishmael student dies in accident


 

Guyana, S.A. - A Richard Ishmael Secondary School student who was to be a participant in the steel pan segment of the cultural show for tonight’s flag-raising has died in an accident.

A statement issued by the Ministry of the Presidency follows:

It is with deep regret that His Excellency President David Granger and the Government of Guyana learned of the tragic passing of Richard Ishmael Student and member of the Pan Wave Steel Orchestra, 14-year old Kevin Scipio.

The talented young lad was slated to perform in the 50th Independence Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony and had not long before left rehearsals at the D’urban Park, when he died in what appears to be an accident at the North Ruimveldt Secondary School.

Even as investigations into the circumstances surrounding the accident are being conducted, the Government of Guyana expresses deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the family of Kevin Scipio.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 25, 2016
Sleaford Standard

Banging the drum for steel band recruits

 Saffron Murphy of Swaton who is starting up a steel band.
 

Sleaford, England - A steel band teacher is banging the drum to find people interested in joining a new group.

Saffron Murphy is hosting a steel drum workshop in Swaton Village Hut on May 28, from 2-4 p.m., with a view to attracting enough interested people to start up a band.

Saffron moved to the village 11 years ago from London and explained: “I have played in steel bands for over 20 years and always wanted to start my own band up here one day. I have finally saved up and bought a set of steel pans.”

Vicar Rev Chris Harrington has allowed her to store the bulky drums at the back of the church and now she is looking for interested people to come and learn to play.

....“There is nothing like it in Lincolnshire and people can come along and have a go.

....Saffron explained that the notes are written on the pans and people do not have to read music, they just memorise it through practice and ear. “There is music but it is just letters on a page as a reminder,” she said.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 24, 2016
Demerara Waves

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
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

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
When Steel Talks

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
When Steel Talks

Meet Luz Carime Santa-Coloma - NYU Graduate, Panist & Percussionist - UpClose!

Luz Carime Santa-Coloma
 

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
News Guardian

Funding secures orchestra season

 Northern Steel Orchestra
 

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
When Steel Talks

Meet Russell Fisher - NYU Graduate, Panist & Percussionist - UpClose!

Russell Fisher
 

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
The Royal Gazette

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
When Steel Talks

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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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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Trinidad and Tobago Soca Tunes for
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

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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