Ojay Richards is a pannist, arranger and composer, who had an early
introduction to steelpan at the age of 5. His journey started with the Our
Boys Steel Orchestra in Tobago, with whom he made his Panorama debut. It was
the experience of Panorama that made Ojay fall in love with the steelpan
with hopes to win all titles at the Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama.
He is currently wrapping up his studies in Fine Arts at the University of
Trinidad and Tobago, where he has composed numerous pieces, all performed by
members of the University's ensemble. As a cultural ambassador, Ojay
represented Trinidad and Tobago in several countries around the world such
as Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Barbados and Antigua, to name a few. With
his passion for the instrument, he entered the World Championship of the
Performing Arts competition in Hollywood, where he was crowned Champion of
the World instrument category.
In 2017, Ojay began arranging for Uptown Fascinators and Hope Pan Groovers,
and was able to qualify for the finals with the Uptown in the small
He was determined to prove himself as a versatile arranger and in 2019, his
arrangement of Maximus Dan's Champions Again won him the UTT Panorama title,
performed by Heavy Hitters. He subsequently captured his very first National
Panorama title as an arranger with Uptown Fascinators in the small
conventional category in 2020, and also made his debut in the medium
conventional category with Carib Dixieland. Dixieland qualified for the
finals and placed 8th in that same year.