Steelpan Arranger
Sadé Constantine - Steelband Arranger
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Sadé Constantine

Sadé Constantine - Genesis Pan Groove (New York)
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Sadé Constantine was born in November 1986. The second child of Trinidadian parents, at the age of 5, she relocated to Long Island where they presently reside. Introduced to music in elementary school, she fell in love with her cello. Her parents being avid pan lovers and noticing her love for music, introduced her to the steel pan and placed her in the able hands of Mr. Ruben Nelson, her instructor and arranger. Under his direction, she represented ADLIB Steel Orchestra and won first place in the female double second competition in March 2004. She went on to perform with ADLIB at the world-renowned Lincoln Center and topped that with her first solo performance at Africa House.

Sadé performed with ADLIB Steel Orchestra for 14 years. Other groups that were blessed with the talents of this young lady as well were, New Horizon Youth Steel Orchestra, Pan Rebels, Pantonic, Desperadoes of Trinidad & Tobago, Pan Sonatas, and currently, Genesis Pan Groove (USA). Sadé also made outstanding achievements playing the cello. She won the Martin Luther King performing arts competition as well as receiving the highest accolades in the New York State School Music Association (N.Y.S.S.M.A.).

It has often been said that music enhances scholastic achievements. Sadé is an example of this, being an honor student and graduating in 2004 with achievements awards from Member of Assemble Maureen O’Connell Nassau County Legislator, District 1 Kevan M. Abrams, and a Certificate of Merit from the Town of Hempstead. In addition, Sadé received an award for Academic Achievements from the Mausica Teachers Alumni and Friends in June 2004 and ultimately got a scholarship to attend Florida Memorial University in January 2010.

In 2012, Sadé graduated from Florida Memorial University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She spent a year at the Virginia Arts Festival as the Associate Director teaching the art form of the steel pan. She received her Masters Degree in Business in September 2014, followed by a second masters in 2017 with a dual certification in Childhood General Education and Special Education.

Currently, Sadé is teaching full-time with the New York City Department of Education as a 2nd grade elementary school teacher, as well as teaching steel pan after school to students from grades 2-5 who show interest in the art form. Outside of work Sadé is also arranging for Genesis Pan Groove, and hopes to begin her PhD in Educational Leadership as of September 2018.

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