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Funeral Service set for Steelband Stalwart Junior Pouchet
Pan Trinbago closes offices in observance of the association's past president
Global - The funeral service of Edgar “Junior” Pouchet will take place at St. Finbar’s Roman Catholic Church, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday 4th April followed by cremation at the St. James Cinerary, Long Circular Road in St. James, Trinidad, at 2:30 p.m.
Pouchet was a Past President of the National Association of Trinidad & Tobago Steelbandsmen, as the Pan body was known in the earlier days.
“Junior”—as he was fondly known—passed away in Orlando, Florida last week.
yes a beautiful send-off in Orlando. JP remembered with Joy not sorrow. We were not aware of all the things he was still doing, especially with kids. His ministry must continue
Sorry i wont be there in person but i will be there in spirit and i know the steel band world will give him the send of that he deserves.
Many thanks for your priceless contribution to the Steelband fraternity throughout the years. From the Executive and members of TASSO. R.I.P.
I was at Silver Stars' Panyard last night. Many people paid homage to the late icon, Mr. Edgar "junior" Pouchet. I heard performances by Sapophonics Single Pans, Silver Stars, Earl Brooks, Earl Rodney, Len Sharpe and Ken Philmore. I hope to be present at this pioneer's church service on April 4th, 2012. I have to say, thumbs up to Pan Trinbago for sponsoring last night's events.
As per trivia, Mr. Edgar Pouchet, was the first person to arrange a tune which was on Trinidad Radio top 10 for many a week. The correct name of the tune escapes me at this point, so I am paraphasing, "Salute D'amour." However, the Steel Orchestra was definitely Silver Stars. He was the first arranger to work with at least 4 different bands in the 1960's; first to qualify 2 different bands for two different competitions, placing Tripoli 1st. at the 1965 Independence Music Festival, and Silver Stars to a 3rd place tie at panorama 1970. In 1966, Mr. Pouchet was the first to arrange his own composition for a music festival. He led Silvers Stars for 29 years at Disney World in Florida. In 1998, he composed "Jules Melody" in honour of Mr. Neville Jules for brainstorming the Bomb Competiton of the 50's and 60's. Since 2008, I have been asking radio pan shows to feature this tune. I am not aware if All Stars has this tune as part of their repertoire.
I was fortunate to be a member of Junior's 1st Steelband named " Gold Coast" we praticed in Cocorite. Bunny Sosa was also a member( I believe this was in 1952) Ten came Silver stars. The last time I spoke to Junior was manys ago when he was playing inDisney World,Universal Studios, I am not sure. He was a mild mannered Man and a Genius. I will miss him
Charles Assevero, Plano, Texas Email firstname.lastname@example.org
My Condolences goes out to the Pouchet family, keep strong,We will all miss you and your beautiful music.
Junior we all love you.RIP.
Another Soldier of Pan has gone home to rest. What a tresure trove of music came from this man. Once agin let us pay homage to these great ones before they pass on. Message to today's youths in Pan. Reach out to the older ones so that what they have will not be lost. This was truly one of the pioneers of Pan. We who love the music and the culture of Pan will miss his presence. His contributions will never be forgotten. Long may his music live on. R.I.P.
I was unable to attend. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family from every one in the Steelpan Initiatives Project.
To the Family,Friends,Fans
He was not only a Great Artist, and Pioneer of Music & Pan he was also a Great Person.
My condolences to his Wife and Family and Silverstars Band Members.
Roston Saudi Arabia