“I am Anthony Eric Mc Allister, Panist, Composer and Arranger. My love affair with Pan began in the early 70s as a 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.
“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 our 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-odd years as a Panist I have been exposed to many different genre of music and have received music tuition and guidance through many workshops and other forms of interaction from the likes of Merle Albino-De Couteau, Clive Bradley, American Jazz icon Barry Harris, 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 subsequently received in February 2013 a Specialist in Music Theory Certificate from the Berklee School of Music Online Programme.
“As a Panorama arranger my achievements to date include Semi Final placings in 2010 and 2012 with Icewater Pan Ensemble and similar placings with Merry Tones Steel Orchestra in 2015 and 2017. For Panorama 2018 I arranged for the Providence/QRC Steel Orchestra in the Secondary Schools Category, where we placed 4th.”