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Ronald Benjamin replied to Pan Times's discussion Live stream! Panache's Pan In The Pandemic : A Virtual Panorama Competition
"Dear Panache Steel Orchestra, I enjoyed the virtual panorama and the pan solo competition last night. Although the soloists were young people, they had full command of the treble pan. The soloists played fluently and skillfully. Antigua and Barbuda,…"
Aug 12
Ronald Benjamin commented on Pan Times's event Pan in the Pandemic: A Virtual Panorama
"I am looking forward to hear some good steelpan music."
Aug 11
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Pan in the Pandemic: A Virtual Panorama at Panache Facebook page

August 11, 2021 from 8pm to 10pm
After a month of preparations, three (3) Steel Bands and five (5) Soloists will be battling for the winning spot of Pan in the Pandemic: A Virtual Panorama Competition right here in the nation of Antigua and Barbuda! We'll be live and direct on our Facebook page on 11th August, 2021 beginning at 8:00 p.m.Lots of music coming your way!See More
Aug 11
Ronald Benjamin commented on Nigel Campbell's blog post BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Story of Pan, Second Edition by Kim Johnson
"After reading the book review: Illustrated Story on Pan, Second Edition, by Kim Johnson, I proceeded to purchase the book on Amazon. I was unsuccessful. Amazon explained that the book is currently unavailable. Hoping that the book will be available…"
Jun 27
Ronald Benjamin replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Champion arranger Khan Cordice
"Extending Happy Birthday Greetings to Khan Cordice. We are cognizant of the great musical works that you are doing with the Hells Gate Steel Orchestra. Your contribution makes the world a little better place. Again, Happy Birthday."
Jun 26
merrytonestothebone commented on Ronald Benjamin's blog post Music notation:
"Internationally acclaimed panist Victor Provost recently and quite aptly described pan as a “communal” instrument. He was giving an account of his introduction to pan and thus explained how he was taught to play his first tunes by rote.…"
Jun 16
Hiram Edwards commented on Ronald Benjamin's blog post Music notation:
"There is a lot of history that has been lost by many indigenous peoples because they failed to put their history in writing. also, the music compositions are made more mobile."
Jun 16
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George Rampersad commented on Ronald Benjamin's blog post Music notation:
"I don't see any "disadvantages"...knowledge about music notation is a good thing for anyone playing music. On the other hand, just as being able to read/write is not necessary to speak/tell a story, in the same way being able to…"
Jun 16
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Music notation:

Dear pan community, during the ninth century, Guido d’Arezzo invented western music notation. In the twentieth century, Trinidad and Tobago invented the steel pan. Western music notation took hundreds of years to arrive where it is today. Brass and combo bands read music notation to accompany calypsonians. Philharmonic orchestras read music notations when performing in concerts. Police and military bands read music notation in march parades. Many steel orchestra arrangers read music notation to…See More
Jun 16
Ronald Benjamin replied to BEDE LOPEZ's discussion ALL ABOUT ANTIGUA HISTORY OF THE STEELBAND
"Dear pan community, during the ninth century, Guido d’Arezzo invented western music notation. In the twentieth century, Trinidad and Tobago invented the steel pan. Western music notation took hundreds of years to arrive where it is today.…"
Jun 15
Ronald Benjamin replied to Pan Times's discussion Len “Boogsie” Sharpe receives 2020 UWI Honorary Doctorate
"Congratulations to Dr. Len “Boogsie” Sharpe for receiving such great honor. He is a super great Pan player and an excellent panorama arranger. May he give GOD ALMIGHTY the glory."
Jan 12
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Live Stream concert of Len "Boogsie" Sharpe. at Facebook - Instagram - YouTube

May 9, 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
Tune in Sat May 9 at 6 pm for our first ever Live Stream concert of Len "Boogsie" Sharpe. You won't want to miss this!See More
May 7, 2020
Ronald Benjamin replied to Pan Times's discussion When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr Eustace 'Manning' Henry & the Hells Gate Steel Orchestra franchise
"I am expressing profound, and sincere condolences to the family, friends, and Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra. Mr. Manning was one of the greatest steel-pan man in the world. He was a great pan builder, musical arranger, and orchestra leader. The…"
Mar 6, 2020

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Music notation:

Posted on June 15, 2021 at 2:55pm 3 Comments

Dear pan community, during the ninth century, Guido d’Arezzo invented western music notation. In the twentieth century, Trinidad and Tobago invented the steel pan. Western music notation took hundreds of years to arrive where it is today. Brass and combo bands read music notation to accompany calypsonians. Philharmonic orchestras read music notations when performing in concerts. Police and military bands read music notation in march parades. Many steel orchestra…

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