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Panache Steel Orchestra

Mothers’ Day and Other “Milestones”



Antigua - What’s that symphony? Sounds like no other band I recognize!

That’s the sound of Panache Steel Orchestra, Antigua / Barbuda’s newest steel orchestra – which prides itself on flawless execution, an out-of-the-ordinary repertoire, and a discipline with is sorely lacking on too many of today’s musical bands.

Founded in the St. George’s community in Antigua on March 04th 2007, Panache is driven by a small group of pannists with a common passion and vision for the steelband art form. Theirs is a deep-seated commitment to the elevation of pan-playing to a new height of excellence in Antigua and Barbuda.

Some members of Panache have more than 20 years’ experience in steelband performance and administration. They realistically acknowledge, however, that the road ahead for a fledgling steel orchestra will be filled with challenges. They carefully named their new venture “Panache” which is synonymous with flair, style, flamboyance and excellence – all attributes which matched the group’s aspirations.

They systematically solicited funding and a venue, established their standards of music and deportment within the orchestra, sourced instruments and other equipment, and selected uniforms.

Thankfully for members, swift financial support was received from Mr. Ernest Henry, Colombian Emeralds International, Hon. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and the St. George’s Constituency Branch, and a number of other individuals and corporate citizens. Hon. Winston Williams gave the group permission to use the old Sports Division in Tomlinson’s as their headquarters.

Panache made its debut appearance on ABS-TV on Friday 14th September on “Good Morning Antigua/Barbuda” program. The band has since performed at Sandals Resort, Palms Restaurant, Cultural Night during Independence 2007, Shirley Heights Look-Out, “A Touch of Class” concert, the 130th Anniversary Banquet of the Freetown Methodist Church, a fund-raiser for “Breast Friends” and Carlisle Bay Resort plus various weddings and cocktail parties.

Their first anniversary was celebrated this past March with the congregation of the St. Georges Anglican Church.

Members of Panache remain passionate about equipping the youth and other interested persons with above-average skills in music and pan-playing. They plan to maximize the existing vibrancy of the St. George’s community to establish the “Panache Pan Academy” in the future.

PANACHE in Concert - A Treat for Mothers
To raise funding needed to expand their instrument base and hopefully participte in the island’s 51st Carnival celebrations,, members have planned – among other activities - a grand Mothers’ Day Concert entitled “PANACHE: A Treat for Mothers”.

This concert will be held at the Multi-Purpose Centre on Sunday 11th May at 6:00pm. It will feature Panache, reigning panorama champs C&W Hells Gate, the Antigua/Barbuda Defense Force band, Trinidadian MC/comedian Errol Fabian, and other special guest artistes.

Patrons at the concert will be treated to an abundance of great entertainment and prizes, and a number of special mothers will be recognized for their invaluable contribution to nation-building.

Tickets are only $25 and are available from LIAT (Woods Centre), ABI Financial Centre, Pink Mongoose, Shirley Heights Look-Out or from any member of Panache.


What does the future hold for Panache?

In addition to the plans identified earlier, Panache’s aspirations for the future include ongoing repertoire enhancement, touring, recording, further building the sense of Community in St. George’s Community, and more. The members believe that there is nothing that hard work, dedication, passion, discipline and determination (and of course funding) can’t give birth to, and are determined to realize their goals in the short to medium term. They can do so with your support!

Certainly, Panache is here to stay!
 

contact Panache |

Robin Margetson
1-268-771-3748 (cell)   --- robin_margetson@hotmail.com

 

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