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Michael Kernahan
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  • Miami, FL
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Michael Kernahan: Leader/Arranger /Tuner

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1964 Started playing pan with Tripoli

1967 to 1972 Toured the Caribbean, United states and Canada

1968 to 1971 Toured with Liberace

Grammy Award Nominee 1971

Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording

They Call Me Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters

18th Century Traditional Music of Japan - Keiko Matsuo

The Esso Trinidad Steel Band - Esso Trinidad Steel Band

Javanese Court Gamelan - Javanese Players

Message to the Young - Howlin' Wolf

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Mississippi Fred McDowell

Stormy Monday Blues - T-Bone Walker

1972 Returned to Trinidad started my apprenticeship with the legandary Pan Tuner Alan Gervais, myself and Harold Headley became Co-arranger for the band also I did some work with the CLICO employees steelband and was one of the main contributory to the return of "Pan Around the Neck:\"

1974 my debut in Panorama "Pan Arount the Neck" category 3rd place

1975 Returned to the United States with a eight member band and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, toured Colleges, Universities,Fairs, and many high profile performances through out the United States and Canada.

1978 The band changed its name to 21St Century Steel Band, Worked with the Wasntenaw Community College Jazz Band under the directorship of Dr. Morris Lawerence. Was instrumental with Director Mark Stone of Oakland University Auburn Hills Michigan in starting a Steel Band. The band took part in the 2004 Worlds Steel Band Festival in Trinidad and placed 8th.I have tuned and maintained said Pans.

1994 21st Century Steelband moved to Miami, Florida and
worked with Dr. Dawn Batson's University of Miami Steel Band on several projects including the "Pan Into The 21st Century" symposium.

1996 Dawn Batson introduced me to Dr. Steve Stuempfle the Chief Curator of the Miami Historical Museum and writer of one of the best books written on the history of pan "The Steel Band Movement" a must read.

His involvement opened up opportunities; such as a nine-month exhibition at the Museum of my works as Tuner and Arranger and one of my Tenor Pans was inducted into the Museum's Achive, There were several performances, experemental music, and conducting an apprenticeship program in pan tuning,
The Florida Folk Arts "SONY BGM MUSIC" aquired a mechanical licence for one of my tunes "What is a Pan" to be sold in Colleges and Universities through out the United States. Thanks to Dr.Steve Stuemfle and Dr. Dawn Batson.




Panorama Victories

1974 T&T "Pan around the Neck" 3r Place "Beat them Pan"
1985 Baltimore 2nd "Pan Night and day"
1995 Miami 1st "Sparrow's Birthday Party"
1997 Miami 2nd "Carnival Time Again"
1998 Miami 1st "Pan for Carnival"
1999 Miami 2nd "Trini Know How"
2000 Miami 3rd "Picture On My Wall"
2001 miami 1st Raindrops Falling On My Pan

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At 7:03pm on December 1, 2010, Courtney Leiba said…
Hello Michael I am now preparing to play for my grand son school Xmas picnic. I will be playing nursery rhymes on pan and singing on my ukulele. things like Baa,baa black sheep. Brown girl in a ring. etc. I hope to see Robert Greenidge in January at the Syndey Opera House with Jimmy Buffet.
At 2:31pm on December 1, 2010, Hugh Bando said…
Hey Big Mike. "All the best with the Christmas concert", hope to be there.
At 1:24pm on May 15, 2010, Gregory Lindsay said…
Ok boss......Teaching in De Republic at the hotel School......Will be up your side soon.....on my way to A2
Text your cell to 1.868.739.1387.
Peace and love always...REDMAN



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