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South­ern Marines Steel Foun­da­tion’s eight an­nu­al Sum­mer Pan Camp

“We want them to see that they can al­so use mu­sic as a trade and as a job. We have ev­i­dence that peo­ple who left the class­es in pre­vi­ous years went on to be­come pro­fes­sion­al mu­si­cians, land­ing jobs on cruise ships and in oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al events. We see them be­ing able to fit in­to mu­si­cal jobs both na­tion­al­ly and in­ter­na­tion­al­ly,” Joseph said.

 Four year old Ascala Daniels plays a the tenor pan at the Steel Foundation’s eight annual Summer Pan Camp at the Pan Palais along the Southern Main Road, Marabella yesterday.

Four year old Ascala Daniels plays a the tenor pan at the Steel Foundation’s eight annual Summer Pan Camp at the Pan Palais along the Southern Main Road, Marabella yesterday.

South­ern Ma­rine’s pres­i­dent, vet­er­an pan man Michael “Sco­bie” Joseph lament­ed that fund­ing for the camp has hin­dered its ex­pan­sion.

“We see this as de­vel­op­ing the youths and keep­ing them out of trou­ble. We have been run­ning these class­es for more than sev­en years. We’ve been do­ing a num­ber of things in the com­mu­ni­ty to keep the youths oc­cu­pied over the years, but we’ve not had any spon­sor­ship. In the ear­lies, we used to get some help from Petrotrin but you re­alise that Petrotrin is no more.

“When the great Joan Yuille-Williams was the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, she used to as­sist the pan class­es. Since she has left, steel­band and pan class­es be­gan to suf­fer and we are suf­fer­ing now,” Sco­bie said.

He said the fund­ing will help to ex­tend the pe­ri­od of the camp and in­crease the ca­pac­i­ty of the class, which will pro­vide a greater ser­vice to the com­mu­ni­ty. He added that class­es like this en­sure that the pan tra­di­tion sur­vives.

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