Professional and amateur musicians as well as music students from the USA, Australia and France have converged on Laborie for the third edition of the annual Laborie Steel Pan and Brasilian Percussion Workshop. Hosted by Labowi Promotions and the Laborie Steel Pan, this 10-day experience offers participants steel band and Brasilian percussion rehearsals, as well as master classes that cover a range of topics such as the history of steel band music, arranging, and improvising.
The co-directors of the workshop are world-renowned pan player and composer Andy Narell, and Jason Koontz, director of percussion at Eastern Kentucky University in the US. Andy Narell has been a part-time resident of Laborie over the past eight years, and has been working with the Laborie Steel Pan, broadening their repertoire, sharpening the skills of the players, and giving them a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the steel pan and pan music.
Allah: The one and only GOD!!!
Andy: The one and only PAN GOD!!!
We in Saint Lucia and especially in Laborie are very Blessed to have Andy Narell who is now a resident in Laborie. He has enhanced the Laborie Steel Orchestra immensely and now with this workshop many youngsters will go to a new level in music especially pan. Thank you Andy Narrel and Labowie Promotions for making a diffference!