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Grafton Spooner replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is PANORAMA ATTENDANCE falling off?
"ODW, your point is well taken. I was operating under the assumption that those skills currently exist among the  leadership. Even so, the paucity of business acumen among the leadership does not excuse the lack of a robust response to the…"
Jun 3
Grafton Spooner replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is PANORAMA ATTENDANCE falling off?
"The organization that is responsible for Panorama would be well advised to approach the falling attendance and gate receipts at panorama from the perspective of a marketing strategy. The cost of entry by itself might not be the problem, so lowering…"
Jun 2
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion Stewart out for Panorama 3-peat in 2020
"Mr. Stewart, as an ex-pat, I am so proud of your achievements and much more so, I am impressed with your focus on excellence and your commitment to act as a role model in using your talent and experience in guiding others to a better place. You are…"
May 28
Grafton Spooner replied to Bugs's discussion A Question from Duvone Stewart - if it really makes sense being apart of STEELPAN in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
"Duvone, your post is timely and very relevant to the current state of the steel-pan industry in Trinidad and Tobago. There is a general sense that little or no meaningful progress is being made to advance the evolution of steel orchestration in…"
Apr 1, 2018
Grafton Spooner replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah doh think PUSHING PAN ON THE ROAD like in the SIXITES coming back in vogue. Young people take over the PAN now and I think they want TRUCKS!!!
"Claude, I respect, admire and appreciate your constant call to advance the steel orchestral art form in T&T and globally. Realizing this goal will require a serious strategic planning process involving a variety of  individuals and…"
Jan 30, 2018
Grafton Spooner replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is going to be a LEAN PANORAMA 2018!!!
"Claude, the points you have made are very well taken. We seem however to be caught-up and stuck in a dialogue that is failing to advance T&T's musical steel industry, while amazing opportunities are not being addressed in a meaningful way.…"
Sep 30, 2017
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion DVD of Trinidad and Tobago Large and Medium Panorama Finals 2017 Available
"For those of us  living outside of Trinidad and Tobago, where and how could we purchase the DVDs? Please provide, if possible, mailing addresses or email addresses, etc."
Mar 3, 2017
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion Exodus: No need for pan canopies
"If there are no valid justifications to retain use if the canopies, except for sun and rain protection, then I would  urge the steel orchestra organizations to seriously consider removing them at least for events such as panorama, as I believe…"
Feb 3, 2017
Grafton Spooner replied to Glenroy R Joseph's discussion Some thoughts on Panorama and Steelband Progress in T&T
"Glenroy, I understand and support the notions you have outlined. You have advanced a very compelling case that should give pause to reconsider new and innovative ways to maximize the potential of Trinidad and Tobago's art form, - the steel-band…"
Sep 23, 2016
Grafton Spooner replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion BERTEL GITTENS: We worked so hard to keep this forum alive for so many years and ...
Apr 12, 2016
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion Len "Boogsie" Sharpe speaks on the death of Asami Nagakiya
"My condolences to the family and friends of Asami Nagakiya. Any death is painful and regrettable but even more so is untimely tragic death due to murder. I share the hope of many, in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and globally, in demanding that the…"
Feb 14, 2016
Grafton Spooner commented on Pan Times's page Panorama Finals 2015 on CD and DVD
"I am in Canada. What is the contact information to order the 2015 Panorama DVD and CDs?"
Feb 26, 2015
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion …ROBBERY SAYS PHILMORE, EXODUS
"Following the recent results of the 2015 T&T panorama competition, I could understand what must be a sense of disappointment for the many bands that were not awarded the honor of first place. In reality not everyone of the dozens of steel bands…"
Feb 19, 2015
Salah Wilson and Grafton Spooner are now friends
Apr 21, 2014
Grafton Spooner replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Candice Andrews-Brumant of Renegades Steel Orchestra Trinidad & Tobago
"Ms Andrews-Brumant,  what a wonderful achievement!  You touched on a few points concerning the future possibilities and hopes for pan and steel band orchestration.  I offer some ideas for public discourse and consideration. One need…"
Mar 14, 2014
Grafton Spooner replied to Salah Wilson's discussion A question on the Pan Ministry
"The evolutionary growth and development of the steel pan and steel ban music has been phenomenal in Trinidad with an ever increasing appeal internationally. The potential for further growth and development is only limited by imagination, creativity,…"
Mar 4, 2014

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