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One of my PAN PROGRESS DREAMS came true: DUVONE STEWART has EMERGED as a GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR PAN!!!

After setting RECORDS for an ARRANGER at the 2018 TRINIDAD PANORAMA, Duvone Stewart took a brief rest and then started heading for STAGES across the GLOBE. First he performed at Howard University in Washington D.C in March. Then he came back to TOBAGO for the JAZZ FESTIVAL. In June he will visit  the University of West Virginia followed by a recall to Howard. Berklee School of Music will follow, after which he will move on to Europe  to familiar ground at the University of Nantes, then on to Paris before England. 

Various jazz events, including Deutsches Jazz festival in Germany and the Austrian Jazz Fest will be graced with Duvone showcasing the STEELPAN from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO in his capacity as the FIRST GLOBAL AMBASSADOR for PAN. At least in MY EYES!!!

Not only is DUVONE a masterful and captivating performer on the PAN with loads of experience on the GLOBAL STAGES (reaching as far as Morocco), he is a teacher at the University of Paris, and he does master class lectures and workshops on the art of the steelpan at other universities around the world.

Duvone Stewart has arranged for Merrytones, Our Boys, LH Pan Groove, San Juan Eastside, Starlift (St Vincent and the Grenadines) Ebony (UK), Brampton Golden Harps (Canada), Piton Diamond Steel Orchestra (St Lucia), Harmony Steel and Casym Steel Orchestras (New York), Calypso Atlantic and Steel Pan de Montangac (France), Big Pan Pan Groove (Germany) Pan Elders and BP Renegades.

And many PAN LOVERS believe that his arrangement of "YEAR FOR LOVE" (2018) was the greatest arrangement in the history of PANORAMA.

I have lived for the day when I would see a GLOBAL PAN AMBASSADOR from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO taking PAN MUSIC around the world with the CLASS and HUMILITY and SKILL that DUVONE brings to the instrument. So this makes me a HAPPY MAN!!!

But I must add there is GLOBAL ROOM for another THREE OR FOUR STEELBAND AMBASSADORS from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO -- all touring the WORLD at the SAME TIME. The GLOBAL DEMAND for PAN MUSIC is THERE. LET'S FILL IT!!!


 

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I certainly agree that there is Global Room for more STEELBAND AMBASSADORS from T&T.  We have the talent and expertise.  Just have to be serious about it!

Nothing in Trinidad is "serious".

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