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These 7 have played with a large winning panorama band and later became a winning arranger

At Panorama 1965, Steve Achaiva was a panist with Cavaliers and

in 1975, he arranged for Hatters.

At Panorama 1969, Herschel Puckerin, Len Sharpe and Pelham Goddard were all panists with Starlift.

In 1978, Herschel arranged for Starlift, in 1987, Len arranged for Phase II and Pelham arranged for Exodus in 1992.

In 1973, Leon Edwards was a panist with All Stars and in 1980 arranged for them.

In 1966 and 1970 Robert Greenidge was a…

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Added by Ian Franklin on April 12, 2018 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Chroma Steel new EP is available

We are glad to let you know that we have released our first EP!…

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Added by Chroma Steel on March 26, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

LOOKING BACK AT PANORAMA 2018

(1) Skiffle changed their tune 6 days before the prelims and still placed in the top-three.

(2) St. Margaret Boys' won the Primary Schools Panorama for the 1th time since 2004.

(3) Renegades Youths with arranger Andrew Charles won their 5th  consecutive Junior Panorama for a total of 11 wins since 2002.

(4) St. Francois Girls College with arrangements from Rorry Aleong won the High Schools Panorama for the sixth time in eight years. They now share the lead with St.…

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Added by Ian Franklin on February 22, 2018 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This is a very popular christmas song for children here in Germany and a hit each year for my steel pan youngsters.



TeacherSteelPanKids from Germany…



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Added by WerNer on December 8, 2017 at 6:33am — No Comments

First Personal Response

Introduction

Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe in Maryland by Harriet Bailey, a black American while his father was a white American. Apparently, his mother was working as a slave working for Mr. Stewart, who he (Douglass) believed he was his biological father, since at that time, the masters used to sexually abuse their slaves, especially women (Frederick 17-18). However, despite being brought up in such a slavery experience, he was determined to break the chains and…

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Added by Tammy Tolon on November 24, 2017 at 4:22am — No Comments

PAN TRINBAGO TELEPHONES

I have been trying to reach Pan Trinbago by telephone since last week. These are the numbers I have; 623 4486, 625 3556, & 623 6831. These are for the Head Office. The East Zone where I am located gave me 2 numbers, 369 6437 & 337 5095. All these numbers are out of service. This is the WORLD governing body for steelpan Really? Should I continue to be a member of this organization? Given all the other ills that have been aired publicly over the past several months. There are those who…

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Added by sherman allison fyfe on November 10, 2017 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

EBONITES.........Who?

EBONITES.........Who?

Very few knew who they were or where they came from, but that J'Ouvert morning they claimed their place in Carnival history. The year was 1960 and the carnival music flavor, Pan, was ripe from diversity and discovery as the genius of the pannist blossomed. The gladiators in this arena were Trinidad All Stars, Invaders, Desperadoes, Hilanders, Starlift, Guinness Cavaliers, Casablanca and Tokyo. As far as John Public was concerned, out of the aforementioned…

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Added by Winston Andrews on November 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

I read recently where someone said Ray Holman is not being hired by any band. There's a RUMOUR that he will be back at STARLIFT 2018. Let's wait and see.

I read recently where someone said Ray Holman is not being hired by any band. There's a RUMOUR that he will be back at STARLIFT 2018. Let's wait and see.

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Added by sherman allison fyfe on November 4, 2017 at 9:47am — No Comments

PAN AM NORTH STARS BOOK

 I just learned that a fellow by the name of CYRIL MATTHEWS, not sure of his first name just recently published a book about North Stars. He is said to be from upper Bournes Road in St.James, P O S. He claims he played with North Stars and knows Tony well.I want to know if JJJ knows this fellow and why he allowed him to write his book before him. I been telling JJJ for years write the history, he kept hemming and hoaring, dilly dallying, now look wha happen. I hatta buy this man book. JJJ…

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Added by sherman allison fyfe on September 16, 2017 at 9:37pm — 6 Comments

Win a New Low C Tenor Pan and More

The Codrington Pan Family is giving away a new low C tenor pan at their upcoming concert.

The concert takes place on Saturday 14th October, 2017 at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC), UWI at 7pm. Tickets cost $150 for adults and $75 for Children.

The first person to sell 25 tickets will be the winner of the tenor pan.

Please check out our Facebook page for more info about the concert and how you can win other prizes.…

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Added by Khari Codrington on September 13, 2017 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Time for a Real US National Steel Pan Organization

I've been told on several occasions that there is a National Steel Pan Organization but I'm still waiting to see the evidence of such an organization.  There are thousands of Pan Players across this country including those is Schools, Colleges and State and local bands, not even counting the individuals not associated with a band.  I would have thought that what happened in New York would have brought the "National Organization" out - looking out for the interest of the players and…

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Added by Urban Pan on September 9, 2017 at 11:47am — 4 Comments

random thoughts

I just saw where a woman trying to disrupt some groups preparations for the Labour Day parade. This will always happen because our people don't publicise  the value and importance of our events. The labour parade puts millions of dollars in revenue in the coffers of NYC.Pan in particular helps keep a lot of people from mischief Music is one of the intelligences and especially with youth improves the operation of the brain, Concerning my new book I didn't give any details, but I will do so…

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Added by sherman allison fyfe on September 1, 2017 at 3:40am — 2 Comments

New Book

"Steelpan Recollections" a new book I have written detailing events surrounding the national instrument while I was growing up in St James.

Added by sherman allison fyfe on August 29, 2017 at 5:06pm — 3 Comments

JUST SOME STATISTICAL PANORAMA TRIVIA!

ON 4 OCCASIONS STEEL ORCHESTRA/ARRANGER HAS SCORED 97% OR HIGHER AT A PANORAMA FINAL.

(a) List the respective orchestras/arrangers

(b) List the years

(c) List the tunes

(d) List each placement, i.e 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

(e) List the respective points scored

Added by Ian Franklin on August 22, 2017 at 8:55am — No Comments

Lionel" Tanker" George (1930-2017)

We note the passing of Lionel “Tanker” George on June 17, 2017. He was originally a member of the Casablanca Steel Orchestra and a part of that exodus led by Philmore “Boots” Davidson which established City Syncopators. He was an acknowledged skilled player of the guitar pan before he moved to the five bass with equally acclaimed accomplishment.

He is seated on the right and next to him is Carlton “Zigilee” Barrow Constantine of Bar 20 (centre) and Oscar “Bogart” Pile of Casablanca…

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Added by David V. Trotman on July 6, 2017 at 3:32am — 4 Comments

JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!

(1) FROM 1973 THROUGH 2015, TUNES WITH PAN AS PART OF THE NAME HAVE BEEN PERFORMED 66 TIMES AT CONVENTIONAL PANORAMA FINALS.

(2) BANDS HAVE WON MORE PERFORMING AT POSITION #1 AT PANORAMA THAN POSITIONS 2, 3, 7, 11, 12 and 13.

(3) OUT OF THE 54 YEARS OF PANORAMA FINALS, ONLY 3 YEARS STEEL ORCHESTRA PERFORMED A DIFFERENT TUNE. THE YEARS ARE 2006, 2015 and 2016.

(4) RAY HOLMAN and DESPERADOES ARE THE ONLY NAMES THAT WERE PANORAMA FINALISTS IN 1960'S, 1970'S, 1980'S, 1990'S,…

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Added by Ian Franklin on July 2, 2017 at 6:17pm — 4 Comments

JUST SOME MORE PAN TRIVIA!

THESE ARE THE GROSSED EARNINGS IN MILLIONS FROM 2007 THROUGH 2017 FOR THE LEADING 6 STEEL ORCHESTRAS AT PANORAMA FINALS.

ALL STARS          9.9

PHASE II              8.I

SILVER STARS    6.9

RENEGADES       5.9

DESPERADOES  5.8

EXODUS              5.3

WHO DO YOU THINK IS #7?

Added by Ian Franklin on June 4, 2017 at 7:27pm — No Comments

JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!

DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT FROM 1963 THROUGH 2017, LESS THAN 100 STEEL ORCHESTRAS ENTERED THE PRELIMS AT PANORAMA AND 69 HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS?

{1} OUT OF THE 69 FINALISTS, 12 HAVE WON AND PLACED, 14 HAVE PLACED EITHER SECOND OR THIRD AND 43 RAN OUT OF THE TOP-THREE.

{2} TUNES WITH "PAN" AS PART OF THE NAME HAVE BEEN PERFORMED 66 TIMES BY PANORAMA FINALISTS FROM 1972 TO 2015. 44 OF THOSE TUNES BEGIN WITH "PAN"

EXCLUDED TUNES ARE "Panman" - "Panyard Vibration" - "Panic"…

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Added by Ian Franklin on June 2, 2017 at 2:04pm — 7 Comments

Pan and Bob Marley

   My Name is Cedrick Luces, also known as sircedrick I am a performing steel drum artist doing a one man show the past thirty years.   In 1980 Bob Marley was in Miami undergoing Chemotherapy for his cancer, South Florida’s top radio station Y-100 had a live interview with Bob Marley, the radio DJ was Foote, and he invited…

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Added by Cedrick Luces on May 13, 2017 at 10:21pm — No Comments

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