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S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Masters Steel Orchestra experienced a personal tragedy.
"Sorry to hear of that loss, which must hurt... I for one can testify that Pan Masters has served the Caribbean and non-Caribbean communities in the Wash DC area well. I had reason recently on this blog to mention Pan Masters as I fondly recalled my…"
Apr 5
S. F. Thomas replied to odw's discussion Deltones transforming children's pain into passion for music
"This is an admirable vision that I for one support. May God grant Sennon the strength and dedication needed to pull it off, and send him all the support that he will need from community, parents, and Government. -Big Sid"
Apr 2
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This Video was put up under a different topic by BIG SID. But I think it deserves singular placement!!!
"Or by whatever other name... I used the term "Pan Olympics" to suggest an event stretching over perhaps a three-day weekend to start with, involving different genres of competition, age-levels of contestants, and perhaps even some…"
Mar 30
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This Video was put up under a different topic by BIG SID. But I think it deserves singular placement!!!
"P.S. Re the thought of a "Pan Olympics" where one of the categories is the steelband playing the music of a particular folk... Here is a great example of a Cuban steelband playing a piece of Cuban music and wowing the crowd at an…"
Mar 29
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This Video was put up under a different topic by BIG SID. But I think it deserves singular placement!!!
"Thank you, Claude... The first question for me is whether there is another foreign own-composition in "orthodox" Panorama format? There are some other good own-compositions out there, notably involving Andy Narell, buy none that I would…"
Mar 29
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Malika Green - Chicago, USA
"Malika G. - “With my magic wand I would make them at least 50% lighter!”   Interesting thought. From a purely technical, acoustic angle, it should not be impossible. I remember the fellow who built a tenor pan with a lighter…"
Mar 29
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion One of my favourite CALYPSOS of ALL TIME!!!
"Claude: I bet odw had them, he is the encyclopaedia of pan tunes and recordings! As far as a global game plan, I think the pan phenomenon is already on a trajectory of its own, beyond any one person's or organization's control. Check out…"
Mar 29
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion One of my favourite CALYPSOS of ALL TIME!!!
"Bob: You are absolutely right. I had flown up to DC from Atlanta on business the year Michael Jackson died (2009 if I remember correctly). I was booked to fly back to Atlanta late afternoon on the Saturday, the day of the DC Carnival. PanMasters…"
Mar 29
S. F. Thomas replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion One of my favourite CALYPSOS of ALL TIME!!!
"Claude: Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjXIn4reOm8 (2015 Japanese 100pan project). It's an own-composition played in PANORAMA format and styling. It's actually quite good. Check out also…"
Mar 28
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths
"U r welcome... Interesting article. Another example of pan "missionaries" all over the world... carrying on in a very unassuming, but effective, way. Hats off to them, and I wish them well. Yohan Popwell knows his stuff and seems to be…"
Mar 23
S. F. Thomas replied to Pan Times's discussion Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths
"Pls. fix the link... -Big Sid"
Mar 23
S. F. Thomas replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"Martin: "My point on Boogsie, is he pushes the envelope but never wins with that tune. He reverts to his legacy music and wins." That is a useful observation, and I think it is correct. "I would love to see him arrange something for…"
Mar 21
S. F. Thomas replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"Earl: That was not me saying that. Martin will have to answer to that question. But you are right. As another couple of examples: Boogsie did an excellent arrangement of Toco Band that Invaders played almost to perfection at the 2000 World Steelband…"
Mar 20
S. F. Thomas replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"P.S. Re: Jit's Impact I have to add a coda to what I've  already said. I have identified the cultural and artistic centre of the Panorama art form with Smooth and Bradley. But that's in TriniAdad and Tobago specifically. I even…"
Mar 18
S. F. Thomas replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"P.S. Re: Jit's Impact I have to add a coda to what I've  already said. I have identified the cultural and artistic centre of the Panorama art form with Smooth and Bradley. But that's in Trinidad and Tobago specifically. I even…"
Mar 18
S. F. Thomas replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"Odw: Thanks for this clip, and for that summation of what Jeremy brought to the table. Jeremy is right in what he suggests (by implication) for a methodology. To determine the "impact" of each arranger, one ought to look at the body of…"
Mar 18

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At 9:12am on March 27, 2012, BEDE LOPEZ said…

Thanks Sid, we will talk again

At 10:30pm on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Yes, i know some of those names, , Malcolm Jones and Trevor Scott were a couple years older than us.
Trevor's brother Hubie, their cousin James Babb and a few of us used to lime in Frederick street, Marabella.
I also knew Robert Sair. As a matter of fact, he was one of the guys I spoke to after the clash
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Guinness Gondoliers was a tough band from the Coffee who also played military mass, and were our natural rivals.

For a while, they and All Stars were the biggest bands in Sando.

I remember they portrayed an outstanding tribute to John Kennedy after his death.
The clash may have damaged that band, because shortly afterwards Bobby and his brother took some members and left them to form Cavaliers.

Guinness had both bands compete in a musical "shootout" for the sponsorship, and the Cavaliers won.

That was how Guiness Cavaliers was born.

BTW I don't know if you remember the druggist in Marabella at the time, but he was a large man, maybe Syrian, and with a beard he made a perfect Fidel Castro. We had an outstanding presentation that year, and our bomb tune was Handel's Largo.

I remember Marines going up the Coffee at about seven pm that Carnival Tuesday playing our bomb tune, and we clashed with Gondoliers right by Presentation College.
I remember being told how fast "Castro" moved down Lord street. I believe Robert Sair was the one who told me this

. I didn't see "Castro", because I also ran like hell.
At 1:42pm on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Yes, we may know some of the same people.

I went to Naparima and left to become an apprentice in Texaco in 1962. I worked in the electrical dept . until I left T&T in 68.

I played military mas with the Marines in 63. ( The Cuban Crisis).

That was the year we clashed with Guiness Gondoliers on the Coffee.

Nice meeting someone on this forum with those roots.

Glen
At 1:17am on July 28, 2010, Glenroy R Joseph said…
Hey, Big Sid, We must have something in common. I'm a Marabella boy and I also grew up with Southern Marines.

Even played mas with them back when playing mas was cool :).

I also beat pan with Scarlet Symphony which broke off from Marines. After they broke up I beat pan with Silvertones in Sando.

I left Trini in '68..

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