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Former UWI Creative Arts coordinator, Dr Anne-Marion Osborne, has died


Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Former coordinator of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, Dr Anne-Marion Osborne, has passed away after struggling with illness.

In a statement the Department said Dr. Osborne passed away on Saturday.

.....She was instrumental in the conceptualization, development and implementation (1995) of Graded Examinations in Solo Steelpan Performance.

....In addition to her work in educating musicians, she has served as adjudicator at many Steelband Music Festivals at home and abroad.
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RIP Anne-Marion. A St James girl who sometimes played the organ at St Agnes.

The members and expectative of Hatters Steel Orchestra extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr Anne-Marion Osborne, an outstanding pioneer in support of our pan culture. We, in our national panyards, wrestle with the concept that our panyards are the grass roots University of Pan, but Dr Osborne took this reality to the next level by extending our cultural art-form into the academic realms of western music cultural, bringing both acceptability and accessibility to this art-form; a brave and challenging endeavour for which the Steelbands of TT will forever be grateful.

We honour an exemplary ‘soul of the soil’, as Gideon Maxime, a chronicler and early historian of present and past pan icons, would often say.

Anne-Marion Osborne, an outstanding lady, and a true example of feminine achievement; a wonderful role model for our aspiring TT Youth.
May you Rest in Peace with a passion well done Madam Osborne. Thank You.

Thank you Jeremy for extending, such thoughtful expressions on behalf of the steel band fraternity.

Similar to her passing was also a stalwart of the South steel band Fraternity, was the Arranger and steel band organizer, from Carib street in the 50's and up to and including the late 80's. Antillean All Stars as he named it after the leadership of Theo who had departed to England. Hillside Symphony was his last sojourn. Mr. Jameel Whibby. He will be remembered by the south boys and girls. We extend our condolences to his family. May he rest in Peace.


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