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Keron Valentine

Boogsie Protégé In The Spotlight

 

Trinidad - Keron hails from Benares Street, St James, Port of Spain. He follows in the footsteps of many outstanding pan aficionados from that area. Like his neighbour, mentor and role model, Len Boogsie Sharpe, he has a natural talent for music. Keron is the resident musical arranger for Kool and the Gang steel band based in Benares Street and joined Playboyz steel orchestra in 1999 after leaving Modenaires.  He uses the exposure to Boogsie’s musical style to develop his arranging skills and is proud of the fact that Pan has always played a major role in his life. At age twelve, he played in a quartet at the Carifesta 5 with Joe Beetle and was also selected to attend the Republic Bank Pan Minors scholarship program at the University of the West Indies where he achieved grade 2.

 

He attended Fatima College where he studied Business Management at A levels and started an International Business Major with a minor in Marketing at the University of Akron. In April 2005, he performed with Mia Gormandy who is at North Illinois University with Liam Teague studying music. In April 2006, he performed with Robbie Greenidge at E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Ohio. He feels this experience has afforded him a greater confidence in performing.  Keron stated, ‘Robbie makes playing pan look so simple even though he plays at the highest level.’

 

Keron has done numerous performances on campus including Thanksgiving Dinner and the Dean’s Luncheon.  He is also doing grade 2 music as an additional study to further his love for music. Keron is the current musical director of Woodbrook Playboyz Single Pan Steel Band with whom he has travelled to Taiwan, Thailand, Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul, Mexico, Birmingham and London. In 2005, he did some musical arranging for the Halycon Steel Band of Antigua for their Carnival celebration. Keron is focused on his musical arranging and would like to become one of the top arrangers in the steelband community. He has worked with students of his alma mater, St Agnes Anglican Primary School as well as students of the Mucurapo Girls Primary School of St James, Trinidad.

 

He plays the guitar as well as the keyboard and sees his appreciation for the steelpan instrument as the driving force behind his successful performing career. After completing his current study program funded by Pan Trinbago and the University of Akron he intends to take up a marketing director’s post at Pan Trinbago for three years. Keron’s quiet, pensive and patient persona helps him deal with the most trying situations to achieve his required result.    


From the News Desk of PanPodium / Robbie Joseph

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all photos by Robby Joseph

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