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Steelband Arranger Ray Holman Accepts Honorary Doctorate



Global - On the morning of Saturday 30 October 2021 at 10:00 a.m. AST, acclaimed steelband arranger, composer, educator and performing artist Ray Anthony Holman was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its 2021 virtual graduation ceremonies at the Faculty of Humanities and Education. This the St. Augustine Campus of the educational institution, located in Trinidad & Tobago.


Musician, educator, and holder of a Hummingbird Medal (Silver) Award, Mr. Ray Holman grew up surrounded by the pan yard of the ‘40s and ‘50s in his hometown where he started with Invaders Steel Orchestra in 1957 at 13 years old and composing his first original piece ‘Ray’s Saga.’

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Comment by Hugh Haydn Anthony on November 4, 2021 at 7:35pm

Congratulations Dr. Ray Anthony Holman. I never knew we carried the same name "Anthony", in spite of knowing you since 1957. This award is very appropriate.

Comment by richard hillson on October 31, 2021 at 2:49pm

Heartiest congratulations to (do you mind if I play) Mr. Ray. Well deserved and in my opinion long overdue. My fondest memories of playing pan are with Starlift (glory years: 69-71) under Ray. Thanks for the music. Doctor.

Comment by masai hall on October 30, 2021 at 5:15pm

A Ray of Brilliant Light - shine on and on*****

Comment by Reggie Greaves on October 30, 2021 at 1:49pm

Well deserved. He holds a special place in the history of the Pan and Pan music in T&T and around the world.. Congratulations Ray.

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