Gary Straker has passed away. Gary was the founder of the Gary Straker's Pan School from Arima, Trinidad. The GSPS won the National Junior Panorama Competition in 1999 and was successful in many other National Steelpan Festivals and other competitions. They represented Trinidad and Tobago in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland on two occasions and also tours.
It has been confirmed that the funeral for the late Julien Straker, 'Master Drummer' and UWI drum ensemble tutor, will be held at the Bourg Mulatresse R.C. church, tomorrow, Monday 3, September at 2:30 p.m.
Is it also true that Gary Straker passed or is this an error?
Condolences to the Straker family on behalf of Desperadoes and Ian Franklin
Condolences to the Straker Family on behalf of Nutones, he was a true soldier in pan may god bless his soul
May he rest in peace.
Rest in peace, Gary.You made an indelible contribution, to the pan movement.
Gary was my pan tutor through my teenage years. There are so many memories from my youth playing six bass with the band in different competitions, which included the trip to Scotland. He was very ill. Diabetic, which even led to him amputating one of his legs. RIP.
Gary was able to motivate his young students/players to be the best they could be,with discipline and good technique.He taught my two children now in their twenties from beginners to being accomplished players. Many bands in T&T have Gary's proteges in their ranks. He will be missed. Rest in Peace,Gary.
Condolences to the family of Gary Straker from the Arima Angel Harps, Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
A vibrant conductor and arranger from since the era of the 1995 & 1997 Junior Steelband Music Festival competitions. His presence and passion made many of us stand in awe, even at those tender ages. May Almighty God comfort the family and friends of Mr. Straker in their time of loss and sorrow.
My condolence to the family of Julien Straker ,may he rest in peace .from a former student.