Steelpan Arranger
A. Eric Mc Allister - SteelBand Arranger

A. Eric Mc Allister

A. Eric Mc Allister - Merry Tones Steel Orchestra, Providence Girls/QRC Steel Orchestra
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“I am Anthony Eric Mc Allister, panist and composer.

“My love affair with the Steel Pan began in 1973 when I was 4th Form student at Queen’s Royal College in Trinidad, West Indies. In 1974 I joined the Merry Tones Steel Orchestra, a band domiciled in Diego Martin, Trinidad, West Indies. To date I am still a member.

“In 1976, due to my keen interest in arranging  I was selected by Merry Tones to participate in a one-week workshop for young arrangers. This was held under the auspices of Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Community Development. This initial exposure to the rudiments and theory of music encouraged me to delve deeper into the subject over the years.

“Over my 40 years as a panist I have been exposed to all genres of music. I have performed Calypso, Classical music, Pop, Jazz and East Indian music. In 2004, I began my study of  improvising techniques in earnest. Over the years as a panist I have received music tuition and guidance through many workshops and other forms of interaction from the likes of Merle Albino-De Couteau, Clive Bradley, Stanley Ruiz, Trinidadian Jazz luminary and author, Sean Thomas, a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Academy, to name a few.

“In December 2012 I completed and in February 2013 received– a Specialist in Music Theory Certificate from the Berklee School of Music Online Programme.”

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