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Gerard Clarke commented on Glenroy R Joseph's blog post Further thoughts about steelband mobility
"The idea of motorized racks was shelved years ago. The Ministry of Transport saw each as another vehicle on the road and the fees to licence them for two days was excessive,plus insurance companies saw those racks as another vehicle on the road and…"
Aug 27
Gerard Clarke replied to Don Clarke's discussion Who is the best overall Pan Tuner in Trinidad and Tobage
"Van Leer made drums with a stamp/trade mark for companies which tuners sometimes obtained. When they made specifically for pan,they were stamp free."
Jun 15
Gerard Clarke replied to Don Clarke's discussion Who is the best overall Pan Tuner in Trinidad and Tobage
"Dellevi,that is not a Low C pan,very novice looking,dents,hammer marks,poor grooving with welding,difficult to recognize the trade mark of a tuner by looking at a pan like long ago,as tuners today hire different pan builders to construct their pans…"
Jun 15
Gerard Clarke replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion THE PANORAMA PIE...
"Cecil you seem to think that if players are VERY WELL PAID that they will stay in one band. These band hoppers/drifters do not belong to any band so there is no loyalty to any band. They will go by any band hiring players,to see how many jobs they…"
May 13
Gerard Clarke replied to Bugs's discussion A Question from Duvone Stewart - if it really makes sense being apart of STEELPAN in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
"Exactly my point Claude. A "pocket" will be too small for the money!"
Apr 1
Gerard Clarke replied to Bugs's discussion A Question from Duvone Stewart - if it really makes sense being apart of STEELPAN in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
"Mr. Stewart, if a person has pan playing and arranging skills,Trinidad & Tobago is not the place for that person to be,unless it's seen as a hobby. The person can drop in around November for the upcoming panorama season as is done by some."
Apr 1
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion What is the true worth and scope of the national instrument?
"Claude, imagine we would have to put a SKILLED ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM in place to TEST the true worth and scope of the national instrument...something that hundreds of pan players across the globe already know."
Mar 22
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Steel Band Teacher Required - London
"Claude Leh meh put some more words to that tune (young people eh know dah one lol) America have more STEELBAND TEACHERS than Trinidad... OH LARD So, why neglect yuh culture,it makes me feel so sad JUST NOW EVERYWHERE GO HAVE MORE STEELBAND TEACHERS…"
Mar 8
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"yes odw, ah still waiting tuh hear better than that an ah hear all 54 ah dem,1979 did not have except prelims. lol"
Mar 5
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"Merrytonestothebone,I know it's an opinion and everyone will have theirs, but I agree with you about Pan In Harmony by Bradley. For me it's the best panorama tune musically and otherwise in 55 years. It you listen attentively and think of…"
Mar 5
Gerard Clarke replied to Bugs's discussion All Tuners in Trinidad & Tobago must go on strike until Birch Kelman receives an Apology!
"Bugs: While a proper apology is in order, what happens with the tuners if they strike and the apology does not materialize? How long would they strike for and who will pay their bills during the strike? Would there be annoyed clients who have…"
Feb 20
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion IS THIS PANORAMA MUSIC?
"I am also not in favour of back in times music for panorama for any category, but what caused that was people holding back and not releasing like around October/November,so that their song(s) would not get stale when new releases come,so it was said…"
Feb 20
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"Mr. Currency go to the head of the class. A deserving 2018 winner,not the best Renegades winning tune, roll the tapes,more than six other giants, six within Renegades' many victories alone."
Feb 16
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart has stormed the CONSCIOUSNESS of PAN LOVERS GLOBALLY with his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE"
"S.F.Thomas, The Wrecker by Solo Harmonites was 1968 and The Bull by Angostura Starlift was 1969."
Feb 16
Gerard Clarke replied to panrebel's discussion Who have the most antics in Panorama?
"The person with the most antics for me in panorama or whenever he is playing is Lexton Steele aka "Pinky" from Desperadoes."
Feb 1
Gerard Clarke replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"Russell Providence FYI, I hung out with one of Dr. Aziz children on Wednesday who reported that the Dr. said the hearing exercise was done at the end or 1969 into 1970. I was of the view that it was later than that."
Dec 28, 2017

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Panmaker tuner player

pan player for 50 years, member of Starlift for 47 years, played 40 panoramas, 40 years on the road and stage side, made 10 overseas tours,arranged for a while winning school panorama in 1976 and placing 3rd in 1977.was always trying my hand at tuning with grapefruit tins and Klim tins.
Eventually went full speed to get into tuning and approach my good friend Herman Guppy(the world's best in my view) for assistance and he certainly did over a five year period,teaching me the preparation and tuning fine points.I now work with different bands, groups and individuals at home and abroad.

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At 9:21am on September 4, 2015, Cecil hinkson said…
Happy Birthday Gerard, be blessed.
At 3:52am on May 11, 2013, Charlene Lusk said…

Gerard, I haven't forgotten where I grew up man, and where I learned monopoly, where I saw my first robot that answered all those game questions. Don't forget, I'm the one who used to keep you in check. And I was the bodyguard, remember? That's where we learned to play draft. Remember when we used to run out to your Uncle Geoff's car with the crown on the front? I learned so much from your relatives it ain't funny. Ma Clarke was the greatest. And of course, the triplets was my favorite. I never forgot. I still feel like part of the family. They were my college associates. Remember we used to play in the orphanage with the Wickhams? Hey, what happened to that Barnes guy...I forgot his nickname. Good to read your comment about the mango tree. Ansel.

At 11:33pm on April 25, 2012, Gregory Lindsay said…

I have had some discussions with an highly placed individual close to the President of PT at the organisation last week and I am hoping to get some insight to my inquiries from observations and documentation received on this topic. I have knowledge of certain things and if I begin to talk and produce documentary evidence in my possession, some individuals will lose their bids for re-election of their jobs in PanTrinbago and maybe need a Senior Counsel. But it will clearly provide the answer to this salient question being asked in this discussion.

I have been silent on the forum for a while for a reason.When I say what I say it is the truth,..from the ground in the pan world in T&T. So given that for me it is not a place for idle ole talk and foolishness or a laundry to wash the organization's dirty linen.  With Pan Jazz in Tobago this weekend, Point Fortin Borough Day next weekend then leading into STEELFEST right after, I am hopeful that I will get the truthful response to my inquiries in a reasonable amount of time from the President himself or a suitably placed designated emissary . 

A word to the wise; the properly constituted number of meetings that PT is suppose to have with the body is stymied. It is an election year and that is due in October. The COSCERO (PT Central & Regional Officers)  meetings have also seemed to have gone off line. Given this the opportunity to raise my concerns internally at an association meeting can be likened to a mirage in the desert.  So it might appear from a strategic communciations standpoint (or subsequent lack thereof) allegedly that a 'cabal of officers' is running the affairs of the movement with no properly constituted oversight of the general membership or regional secretariat sectors.

 

Should PT fail to respond to my enquiries posed, I hope when I get ready to let down my bucket on When Steel Talks that your server can handle the traffic. Because although I am asking the same questions being asked to the PT hierarchy in advance, I never seem to quite get the attention needed to provide answers until I began posting them on the WST network.

 

I will continue to be patient and kind with my leaders elected and appointed at PT, but at the appointed time and hour, as we all know the longest rope has an end.Until next time,...I will continue to be as NCC's CEO Moe categorises me 'a purist' and a steelband leader in the unsponsored fraternity..WST keep up the great work that you do in the Diaspora in loving up the pan.

At 11:30pm on March 24, 2012, Steve "Carter" K. said…

Gerard you are probably correct for I have never heard of North Stars connected with the Bomb Competition .

At 7:26pm on October 13, 2011, Cheryl Flemming said…
Thanks so much for the imput and the credit should indeed go to Ray Holman first........love the pan so let us keep it Alive.

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Radio Trinidad Tune

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 6:40pm 12 Comments

Hi, a discussion with Hameed Shaque and others was about the name of the tune played on Radio Trinidad at 5.30 am and the composer.Two past employees (the present did not know) confirmed that the name was CALL OF THE KISKIDEE and the composer was UMILTA McSHINE. All they could say is that the soloist was from Woodbrook.Someone said Ormand "Patsy" Haynes, but I don't know where he was from.

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