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Introducing Pan Oasis - Grenadaís newest Steel Orchestra

St. John, Grenada, W. I. -  Pan Oasis, the newest steel orchestra in Grenada, and third in St. John, was launched on Sunday 29th on the grounds of the Florida Government School.

Robert Cadet of Marigot, St. John and former arranger of the Florida/Westside Steel Band is the driving force behind the venture.  Cadet pledged many years ago to bring back pan to the town of Gouyave.

In his remarks Cadet said he was glad to see his dream come through and that he has bigger plans for the band.  He urged them to promote culture in the parish and to utilise their skills to not only playing pan by Ďearí but to be able to read music.  He promised that the education of the players will not be sidelined, and that efforts will be made to assist members with their school work.

In blessing the new steel orchestra, Rev. Junior E. Ballantyne of the Gouyave Anglican Church asked for Godís blessings on the direction of the movement and its members.  He urged them to use their skills for their own upliftment and that of the parish.

Pan Oasis band launch
Rev. Junior E. Ballantyne of the Gouyave Anglican Church blesses Pan Oasis during their band launch

Also witnessing the event were Mr. Marvin Andall, principal of the Florida Government School where the pans are presently based, Mrs. Oslyn Radix-Thomas, principal of the St. Johnís Anglican School, Mr. Arthur Hosten, as well as the management and players of the Grand Roy steel orchestra and scores of young persons who will make up the membership of the band.

Pan Oasis band launch
Pan Oasis band launch

Presently the orchestra has a membership of 43 players most of whom are female.

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