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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 Ms Dawn Batson and Family, May pleasant memories of the joys you shared bring gtrat comfort.
Dear Dawn,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.
Remember, that " Rose will bloom again. " Anon

Clara Applewhaite-Mitchell.
Condolences to the Batson family,another one of out greats has left us.
please accept my sympathy Dawn and Arlene
Dawn, sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please accept my condolences.
My deepest condolences to Dawn and Arlene and the rest of the Batson family on the passing of their Mother Esther Batson. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mother Batson. May her soul rest in peace.

Leon "Foster" Thomas
My condolenses to the entire Batson Family. I have had to pleasure of being part of your family. When I think of your Mum I remember Saturday afternoon lessons and of course the good times we had in Tobago. God's blessings to you in this time of need.
Mrs. Esther Batson was responsible for teaching me the fundamentals of music, learning to play the violin, recorder, cuatro and eventually tenor steel pan, at the age of 14. Presently @ 40, I still play the tenor pan and
it is my 1st love in all musical instruments.
Mrs. Batson taught me at Arima Gov't Secondary School (now known as Arima Central Secondary School) which I attended from 12-16yrs. I will never forget Mrs. Batson, She will forever hold a special place in my heart as a loving teacher, mentor and mother to all who have the opportunity to learn from her.


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