"The T&T National Steelband Music Festival was started in 1952 as a category in the National Music Festival hosted by the T&T Music Association ... A defining year in the Festival's history came in 1959. At the final, which actually took place in 1960, Dixieland Steel Orchestra led by Curtis Pierre, with an awesome interpretation of Agnus Dei, a liturgical text from the Roman Catholic Latin Mass set to music by many composers, secured a narrow victory over the Ellie Mannette-led Invaders Steel Orchestra doing a mind-blowing Jocelyn Pierre arrangement of In a Monastery Garden, a famous piece of light classical music composed by Albert Ketelbay in 1915."
The one and only time I met Curtis Pierre was 15 years ago and it had nothing to do with pan (although I grew up to the strains of Dixeland accompanying the Goretti Group every single morning with "Hear Oh Lord" one of my mother's favorites), but with his work as a cancer survivor. Curtis as a survivor of prostate cancer was also an ambassador for the method of treatment he received called Brachytherapy, which is a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. Curtis Pierre in the twilight of his years lectured extensively on prostate cancer as part of a team headed by a renowned urologist. For your lifelong work and dedication you've earned my respect during your lifetime. RIP Curtis Pierre.