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When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family of Dr. Dawn Batson on the passing of her mother, Esther Batson.  She will be greatly missed.


Music Educator Esther Batson was one of the stalwarts in the steelband culture of Trinidad and Tobago, and adjudicated steelband competitions internationally.  Ms. Batson passed away on June 18 in Trinidad.


Responsible for the mentoring and development of several of the country’s noted steelpan talents, it was Ms. Batson’s initiative of cultural exchanges which eventually resulted in the steelband program at University of Miami.  Her daughter Dr. Dawn Batson, is the Visual and Performing Arts Chair at the Florida Memorial University (FMU), and also the Director of FMU’s steel band program. Esther Batson has noted that the biggest challenge facing women in the steelpan art form was getting the public to support pan women financially.




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Condolences to the Batson family. What a career in music! The mark of an outstanding life is how it impacts the lives of others. How many musical careers did she launch? How many did she teach? Hundreds, maybe thousands,who knows. The truth is she stood for the welfare and well-being of others and left giant footsteps in the music and steelpan archives. Let us step up and be better advocates for each other and the steelpan art form.
I grew up as Esther and Dawn's neighbor in Trinidad and along with all the great accomplishments in steelpan music they were great neighbors. My mom and Esther stayed in touch with frequent visits and inspiring conversations. I know she will be missed by many and especially me on my annual visits to Trinidad. She has made her contribution and Dawn will cotinue the committment.

John Blake
Washington DC
My deepest condolences to the Batson family RIP bless
my deepest condolences to the family of ms esther batson, she was my music teacher at arima govt sec school in the 70s!
My Condolences to the Batson Family,Particulary Dawn B, Sorry to hear about you Mom Passing,She was a Great lady who really knew her music, May she rest in Peace,
God Bless
Robert Greenidge
My condolences to Dr. Dawn Batson and Dr. Arlene Batson-George on the passing of their mother. From Francis, my wife Joan, and me.
My condolences to Batsons family, my she rest in peace
Condolences to the Batsons.May she rest in peace.
My condolences to Dr. Arlene Batson-George, Dr. Dawn Batson and family. I enjoyed talking to Ms Batson every time I see her. See told me how you make a real pot of pelau. I was bless to be in her present. Trent remembered her and pleasant way she talked. RIP Ms Batson
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Esther Batson.She was a great educator who contributed immensely to the steelband world by her selflessness and willingnes to respond to the call of Pan Trinbago in the most difficult area of steel band ajudication in those times.My deepest condolences to Dawn and other family members from Solo Harmonites and the rest of the steel band fraternity worldwide
May her soul rest in peace
Owen Serrette, Manager,Operations
Solo Harmonites
My condolences to the Batson family.
Ms Batson was my music teacher at Arima Central.
Hi Dawn

Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your mom - she was certainly a very admired individual for her great musical achievements. My prayers are with you and the entire family. One Love and God Bless.


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