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February 2015 Blog Posts (8)

Panorama Judging 2015


The Pan Movement across the world has gone into orbit but our Panorama is still stuck in the mud. Please know that the reality is our instrument is no longer ours: the pan has taken on a life of its own and is roaming freely, taking root wherever it is appreciated. At this time, our only claim to it is that pan originated in Trinbago. Trinbago as the mecca of pan music is now becoming in jeopardy. If better music is being played elsewhere,…


Added by courtney barholomew on February 27, 2015 at 6:02pm — 11 Comments

Educating and developing Steelpan

As I hope you all know, I started a small project on The Cape Verde Island, São Vicente.

First part is done successfully, which was introducing and teaching pan. They never heard, saw or played a steelpan before. I was lucky that Nostalgia Steelband from London, lend me some pans, and took them with me, payed my own ticket to get there, and taught them how to play. 

The goal was to form a small steelband together with the inhabitants of São Vicente and play on their carnival…


Added by deanne pijl on February 26, 2015 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

why All Stars won 2015

Darryl Joseph's dispassionate account on why All Stars won in 2015  was spot on. What he did not mention in his article was the dedication of the Drill master and his drive for excellence. Additionally, the band had experts in the field who listened to  the practice sessions  and  provided  feed back to the Arranger and Drill master.

Also,  the band is blessed with  an arranger who is humble  enough  to willingly   accept feed back and to adjust his arrangement…


Added by joan gower de.Chabert on February 25, 2015 at 12:18pm — 5 Comments

Contemplating genius one panyard at a time

How can one contemplate genius? How does one recognise that savant quality in gifted musicians? Here in the “Third World” of foreigners' fantasies, the reputations of communities have been placed on the shoulders of political giants, on the shoulders of criminals, on the shoulders of cricket captains and steelpan arrangers. For this Carnival 2015, I ventured to gather that magic of the urban panyard as a locus for creativity, for communality, for a congregation of the curious at the…


Added by Nigel Campbell on February 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Congratulations to all the Steel Orchestras (Large Medium Small Single) Players, Arrangers,Helpers ETC for making Panorama 2015 a successful one. "Congratulations Trinidad All Stars well done keep on…

Congratulations to all the Steel Orchestras (Large Medium Small Single) Players, Arrangers,Helpers ETC for making Panorama 2015 a successful one.

"Congratulations Trinidad All Stars well done keep on reaching for the Stars

On a lighter note all Arrangers have that special arranging style and sound that they are known for we can go right back to the days of Bertie Marshall, Neville Jules Clive Bradley Jit Samaroo Ray Holman right up to the Present day Boogsie Smooth  Professor…


Added by colin phillips on February 21, 2015 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Panorama Finals Too Long

Can any one of My Pan Brothers or Sisters Come up with a Solution  that would make Panorama Finals a Five Hour Show instead of a Nine Hour Show. Panorama Finishing after 4.00am  is Beyond Ridiculous.

Added by VALENTINE YOUNG on February 15, 2015 at 3:28am — No Comments

Thank You Merry Tones

 I'm taking this opportunity to say a hearty and public Thank You to my band Merry Tones for at last having the confidence to trust me as arranger for 2015. It was indeed a tough task given the shortness of the season and the few negative influences, which ultimately cost us a place in the Semis. Had we been a stronger force in numbers and talent I'm certain we would have placed higher that 15th. But…


Added by merrytonestothebone on February 2, 2015 at 6:14pm — 6 Comments

Skiffle Most Musical.

With all due Respect to the Bands that Played in the Large Bands National Semi Finals. I think that The Skiffle Playing Ray Holman "Celebration" was the Most Musical Piece Played. Just My Opinion.

Added by VALENTINE YOUNG on February 1, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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