"I think it will die a slow death, it seems inevitable.
it has become increasingly difficult for bands to find places to practice.
Lots that were once available are now apartment buildings, etc.
but it’s not like we didn’t see this…"
Gospel Pan; WHY? the tenor range is the highest natural adult male voice which carry's the lead or melody, the tenor pan does the same, soprano's also carry's the lead, there's sopranissimo, sopranino, soprano and second soprano, before the tenor pan there was the "kittle then the ping pong", Y fix something that it is not broken, the men who derived these names knew what they were doing, for the purpose it was intended, U, need to know how to use it, in Pan Am North Stars we had all the 4ths & 5ths tenor's, using all the voices, the sopranissimo from E, the sopranino from D, the soprano from B, and the second soprano big tenor from A, the very same pan Brian Copeland claim to be his Genesis G-pan, as for Bradley, he was a good arranger, I knew him arranging for "ESQUIRES COMBO" back in the day, when it came to pan he was a bit incoherent, he had to go to Anthony Williams to get it right, do U remember the tune "The Greatest Love of all", on the bridge of the sound, doesn't the ARPEGGIOS sound like Pan Am recycled music ??? GUY'S JUST LEARN HOW TO USE THE INSTRUMENT CORRECTLY OK...
Gospel Pan, U R, the first to put rubber on the tips of his stick was "Alwyn "chick magoo" Springer, he was also the first to play with BOTH HAND'S while balancing the drum on BOTH KNEE'S, Ellie WAS NOT the first to do ANYTHING...
Praise The Lord Gospel pan , Winston here , my ministry is anointedpan ministry . When I came to Canada in 1971 I gave up the pan until 1997 when The Lord called me to use this instrument to win souls . You can listen to my music on my website Winston Dayal .Com . I am so glad that there are more like us out there . Incidentally. I w be in San Fernando from July 17 th to August 6th. It would be a blessing if you could book me at some of the churches there . I would bring my tracks but I will have to borrow a C tenor pan . Please let me know if this can be arranged. Also check my page on WST . Have a Blessed Weekend
Marvin Noland Connor was born on October 3rd 1968 in the city of San Fernando, and later moved to the Five Rivers, Arouca, where he attended the Fiver Rivers Hindu School (1973 - 1980), and then graduated to Five Rivers Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools (1981-1987). During his tenure at school, he was an active member of both the school’s football team and Steel pan.
Marvin’s interest in the Steel pan led him to attend the M.I.C - Steel pan Manufacturing Ltd (1993 - 1994) where he attained the following skills:
Metallurgy of Carbon Steels
Basic Welding and Sheet Metal Work
The Principles of Music
Personality and Social Development
Basic Bench Fitting and Measurement
Basic Calculations and Applied Science
Small Business Development and Marketing
In 1995, Marvin accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the Five Rivers Church of the Nazarene, and later took up membership at the Arouca New Testament Church of God where he is very active.
With continued interest in the field, Marvin was given the opportunity to play for several Local steelbands, and arrange for both local and international bands as well. Some of there include, but not limited to:
Curepe Scherzando - Section Leader
Phase 2 Pan Groove
Kingdom Covenant (Canada 2000) - Arranger
Arouca Worship Centre Steel Orchestra - Arranger
With such ‘hands-on’ experience, he was granted the opportunity to Lecture at the Caribbean Nazarene College - The Development of Steel pan, The history of Steel pan and Steel pan Manufacturing.
Marvin currently resides in Arouca with his beautiful wife Lydia, and is a proud father of two girls, Jamilia and Akyia, and one son, Josiah.
He enjoys his work as a Pan tuner, Arranger, and Pan Soloist and collaborates some of the following:
Larry Kelly (USA)
Ed Peters (Canada)
Simon Music Ltd.
John Hilton (USA)
Gill’s Pan Shop
Performed for an audience of 3000 people at the Nazarene General Convention. (United States)
Play and Teach in schools in England & Ireland
Currently a member of - Selah Gospel Fusion
Album holder - HEAVAN ON STEEL
Former member of GRACE NOTES.
Founder of Steelband in the Arouca New Testament Church of God.
Collaborated with Dr. Barry Harris in a Jazz Artist Workshop.
Had the privilege of meeting the Councilor of the city of Worcester (UK) - Mrs. Lucy Hodgson
Conducted a Steel pan Workshop in the UK (2008)
Marvin continues to do what he knows best, with love, passion, and to the Glory of God.
Name: Marvin Noland Connor
DOB: October 03, 1968
Address: to be adjusted
Renegades is playing 'Dr. Jit'; a composition of The Original DeFosto Himself. Amrit recommended this selection to the band even before the members had heard the tune. The band was leaning towards playing 'pan baby' but when they heard Dr. Jit, the decision was almost unanimous. If I may say so myself the calypso is a splendid tribute to Jit Samaroo, and Amrit in his arrangement has tried to interpirt Jit by including little samples of his father's past works including a little snipet of one of his Indian compositions