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merrytonestothebone replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Claude Gonzales
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merrytonestothebone replied to earl richards's discussion Steelbands used outside/crackshot help in Musical festival with no complained from members but the same thing happens in Panorama. What is the difference.
"No...you didn't hear any complaints, because that is when the bachannal really began to get wild...And you could not have hear any compliaint because Boogsie arranged for a band run the then President of Pan Trinbago...Yuh expect Arnim to say…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to earl richards's discussion Steelbands used outside/crackshot help in Musical festival with no complained from members but the same thing happens in Panorama. What is the difference.
"Liam wasn't involved with any other band in Trinidad at that time was he? When he worked with Harmonites he flew into the country to perform as far I remember...Boogsie arranged for Skiffle that year...didn't he...I can;t remember if Phase…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Noah's discussion Why Medium?
"Claude...we all know that nothing will change...but I really do enjoying dreaming sometimes...Plus I am simply shooting from the hip here...If Panorama is a competition it should be clean and fair. It is clear that the important aspects of…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Noah's discussion Why Medium?
"London Gabriel that is why I say one arranger-one band...one player-one band. In no serious competition can a coach be allowed to train more than one team and the Pan Elders/Renegades situation is a case in point. Ideally, one you have a situation…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Noah's discussion Why Medium?
"That government stipend is what have panmen/women in hotwater right now..."
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merrytonestothebone replied to Noah's discussion Why Medium?
"I know many people would find barring a player who got knocked out at the prelims from joining another band harsh...But I like to then recite this very morbid but real story...If five panmen get in a car accident after the prelims and every man jack…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Noah's discussion Why Medium?
"...And still I cry...like a voice in the wilderness...and yuh know the question  about a tree falling in the forest..."
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If you like, go ahead and tell your fellow WST Ning members about yourself here
I am Anthony Eric Mc Allister, Panist and composer and current Arranger for both the Merry Tones Steel Orchestra and Icewater Pansemble.

My love affair with Pan began in 1973 while I was 4th Form 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. To date I am still a member.

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 years as a Panist I have been exposed to all 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, 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 in February 2013 received a Specialist in Music Theory Certificate from the Berklee School of Music Online Programme.

Yours in music,

A. ERIC MC ALLISTER

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Merry Tones Steel Orchestra's Learn to Play Pan Vacation Camp

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

The Merry Tones Learn To Play Pan Vacation Camp began on Monday 11th July, at our Pan Complex, 1 Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin. An introduction to the Steelpan artform, the Camp caters to ages nine to seventeen years and features Pan Playing techniques, Steelband history and Music Literacy. The Camp ends on Thursday July 28.…

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Merry Tones Learn To Play Pan Vacation Camp

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

The Merry Tones Learn To Play Pan Vacation Camp began on Monday 11th July at the Merry Tones Pan Complex, 1 Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin. An introduction to the Steelpan artform, the Camp caters to ages nine to seventeen years and features Pan Playing techniques, Steelband history and Music Literacy. The Camp ends on Thursday July 28.…

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Thank You Merry Tones

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 6:14pm 6 Comments

 I'm taking this opportunity to say a hearty and public Thank You to my band Merry Tones for at last having the confidence to trust me as arranger for 2015. It was indeed a tough task given the shortness of the season and the few negative influences, which ultimately cost us a place in the Semis. Had we been a stronger force in numbers and talent I'm certain we would have placed higher that 15th. But…

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At 10:07pm on July 20, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; que pasa amigo yo hiding or what si? ok, I need U to check out the Dorian mode which moves in Saturn, and the Phrygian mode that moves in Jupiter, let me know what U think so I can explain what and Y I asked U to check it out...

At 7:37pm on June 19, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; my Gist is a question, if U R teaching theory via intervals in the steel pan sphere, would'nt it be in the best interest of the student 's if U use the tenor pan instead of the key board ??? Williams and I always agree that to learn the pan/instrument first, will give U or the student/pupil a head start on sight reading afterwards...

At 6:18pm on June 17, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

I know what U R saying merrytone, because I sound a lot like Anthony Williams with the arpeggio's etc, but I was luckey enough to speak to "Thelenous Monk and Miles Davis"in the late 1960s in Harlem, about this issue when MONK he told that HE, had that same problem as he had learn from Mary Lou Williams a Jazz Pianoist, Miles said he studied under "Stuff Smith" a classic violinist who played "Blue's" but he played with a lot of different guy's, but he liked a musician from the old "Harry James Band ", a horn player name "Pauly Cohan", but I implemented myself said"Miles," so I studied theory, so did Robert Greenidge, scales over chords. modes, slur's, pic up's, sextuplexin exercise's, etc, U name I did it, but I mostly studied MODES/SCALES ...

At 11:20am on June 3, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; I'm not trying to shoot U or any one down, I'm just telling it like it is, as no offense is mean't, and none intended my brother...

At 10:46am on June 3, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; I take my music and especially "PAN" very seriously, I got beat up, and arrested by police for "PAN", I did'nt choose "PAN", pan choose me, and I learnt the/my craft well, as I had the BEST TUTOR in Anthony Williams, with what he taught me, I can duplicate anything he did, but I choose not too, copying is lame, as I cannot be him, but he taught me the "PHILOSOPHY, IDIOM etc", what to do, what not to do, when to do it, and IT'S THE COMPASS OF MY BEING, in a 24 hour period, I live the 4ths & 5ths, chromatically, whole tone, augmented, diminished, suspended etc, most people today, NOT U, take "PAN" as some kind of CIRCUS FRENZY or even a "BIG JOKE", that's why I am, that I am, about this wonderfull instrument of our's, and one more thing, "Pythagoras" before he was murdered, burn't to death, did not creat the 4ths & 5ths interval, nor did Isis, Osiris, Plato, Damon, Socrates, Copernicas, Tycho Brahe, or Johann Kepler, Anthony Williams did, by way of / using "Pythagoras" theorem / a proven mathematical methods, by the movement of the planets ...

At 12:46am on June 3, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; this Barry Harris or luminary U call him, is a luminary / famous bullshitter, who needs to be tar and feathered, and run out of town on a rail, because that's not how musical sound derived, Circa 500 B.C. a Greek mathematician named "Pythagoras", discover sound gyrating from seven planets by way of mathematical equation, these planet's are, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, I'll stop for now, the four cello IS, the quadrophonic cello, a Anthony Williams creation, and I, set it up in the suspended interval sequence/order, clock wise D G C, F Bb Eb, G# C# F#, B E A, look, i'm giving away too much of the Man / Anthony Williams secret, time to close the VAULT

At 5:59pm on May 31, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merryronetothebone; my server was havin problem for a while, U said you're a "Diego Boy" Then U know, Ronald "pro" Huggins of "PANATICS" , from by the water wheel, "bago'' , "blackie", Bruce, Ron, and "Felix" , Felix and I both tune for Panatics from 2012, to the present, if U do not know them, that's not no problem what so ever, Kenneth Clarke and David Maundy I know as members while we were in Pan Am North Stars, Seebaran I don't , what I was told by Williams as I was in the US in 1972 was, that it was Pat Seebaran, Edward Moore, and Lloyd Weeks, who tried too overthrow him / take over the band, via sabotaging the big tenor pans instruments, so on the last night of rehearsal he/Williams said fellar's, play one more tune and pack up the pans, they never knew what he mean't by that untill they return for rehearsal, but if, I was in T&T, that could not have EVER HAPPENED...

At 12:10am on May 31, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

merrytonetothebone; we're havin some problem's with the signals here in T&T, when the thread don't go through, I copy and paste it on the comment wall like now, but I have to pause for a little while, as I have other SNSE CEO duties to attend to, like the Brian Copeland et al Patent and Copyright INFRINGMENT, where they violated/patent our / SNSE already US Copyrighted technological 4ths & 5ths system, where U cannot Patent anything already Patent or Copyrighted systemic / item, where an EXTRIDITION is warranted, U know that the US don't play with their TAXE"S and or COPYRIGHT...

At 11:32pm on May 30, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Merrytonetothebone; now that U and Bertel, Cecil, Bede, Errol, Glenroy, Patrick, et al/and others, have a clear focus on the Big Picture, as ERROL is ahead, U guy's are going to far inside my Mind, from now on I think I have to keep my BIG mouth SHUT...

At 7:38pm on September 12, 2010, Ian Franklin said…
Ok Mr. God Father Eric (lol). I will Skype you after the pan show, at 9 something pm.
When I left T&T, Trini was not in our vernacular, but Laventille was, so my skype is
Laventille 2 (lol). Later,
Ian

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