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Bad Habits

Knocking on the rim or skirt of the steelpan to get the attention of players and or count to begin a song is a habit I would like to see discontinued. I do not allow anyone to do this to my pans and I do not do it to others. I do not see conductors nor arrangers of other instruments doing this. I believe it is time to eradicate this habit as it is very annoying and unprofessional. Let us set high standards for our young steelpan musicians and teach them how to care for our National…


Added by Wayne Serrio on August 10, 2015 at 12:16pm — 14 Comments

My format for playing positions at the 2015 International Panorama

I was concerned that if the format for the bands playing positions was the same as the Trinidad Panorama, and all the top guns picked in the first 10.  Well, that would not happen at the 2015 ICP Panorama.

I heard on radio that the bands would be grouped,                              so I am hoping for the following or similar 6-group format.

All Stars<>United States<>Canada<>Steel Explosion

Phase II<>United States<>Canada<>Super…


Added by Ian Franklin on August 5, 2015 at 12:43am — 1 Comment

Toronto Carnival

Toronto’s kids’ carnival

By Lincoln Depradine

Toronto, July 19, 2015 – The Festival Management Committee (FMC), organizer of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, presented a public preview of what’s to be expected when the big parade is held on August 1.

Last Saturday’s FMC Junior Carnival and Family Day was a colourful and exciting…


Added by Lincoln Depradine on July 19, 2015 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

The O.S.A. ( again )

Pan Alive ‘dead’ band leader says

Pan Alive may well be alive this year but it could be wounded due to a dispute between the leaders of the two largest steel bands and Ontario Steelpan Association (OSA) over funding.

The annual presentation by OSA slated for July 31 at Lamport Stadium is a significant and popular event during Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

“Dead!” said an adamant Wendy Jones, leader of Pan Fantasy, an 80-member core mobile…


Added by Jerry Bain on July 6, 2015 at 6:22pm — 4 Comments

Formation of All female stage sides from within the large steelbands

Female stage sides will bring greater exposure for the talents of our female pannists,and further BRAND  Trinidad and Tobago as the indigenous  home of the Steelband.  Such Female Stage Sides will be in great demand overseas .for appearances at concerts,at parties,at Entertainment and Amusement Parks such as Disney World, Disneyland,Epcot Center,Universal etc. etc.and on Cruise Ships.    This will provide the opportunity for these young women to earn some good US Dollars and to travel and…


Added by Neil Lambie on June 28, 2015 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Norman Darway Died

I just Heard that Norman Darway Steelband Historian Has Passed on Wednesday. May He R.I.P

Added by VALENTINE YOUNG on June 26, 2015 at 7:58pm — 4 Comments

Condolences to the first 9-bass panist, Mr. Joseph "Franklyn" Gerald on the passing of his mother.

Mrs. Lilita Hazzard mother of "Franklyn" and Gerald passed on in Trinidad. She would have celebrated her 87th birthday in July. Mrs. Hazzard will be buried on Monday. RIP mom, and all the best to you "Franklyn", the first 9-bass panist in 1974, and the family 

Added by Ian Franklin on June 4, 2015 at 11:45pm — No Comments

S.N.S.E. ( St James North stars Steel orchestra Enterprise) to take Default Judgment to Privy council...

With the advice of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Integrity Commision, and the U.S. Library of Congress Washing ton D.C., we have the RIGHT to explore these option, THEREFORE; we at SNSE will be taking our "Default Judgment" to the Privy Council, where the defendant et al / and others has fail to file a defense, which allowed us SNSE, to file for "Judgment by Default " a Court procedure requierment,  meaning, the defendant et al has lost their case, and consequently, according to (…


Added by Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho on May 13, 2015 at 1:34am — No Comments

a cool video


Added by ritson douglas on April 13, 2015 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Cabo Verde needs some steelpans.

Dearest Pan Women,

I read most of the interviews with you on ‘When Steel Talks’.

Pretty impressed by all of the stories, how you all came in contact with Pan.

What strikes me the most, is the dedication you all have towards this instrument.

It is exactly the way I feel about Pan. Although I came in contact with it when I was 5 years old, it took me about 45 years to find someone who could teach me to play.

In the sixties there were a lot of steel bands here, due to the…


Added by deanne pijl on April 12, 2015 at 11:23am — 4 Comments

Liam Teague radio interview and performance

Liam Teague just spent a week in Fairbanks, Alaska with the community steelband Cold Steel and the West Valley High School culminating in a concert yesterday afternoon. Here is the link to last an hour radio interview from Friday filled with solos that he performed in the studio.

Liam is on his way home to prepare for the NIU Spring concert webcast on April 26 and Liam will also be at…


Added by Ray Funk on April 6, 2015 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Congratulations Pandaddy - Richard Rudolph Celebrating His 65th Birthday Today

Check out Pandaddy, Richard Rudolph of Roanoke, VA celebrating his 65th Birthday today, Monday,  April 6, 2015. We’d like to wish Pandaddy,  the happiest of birthdays. One amazing guy who has probably taught more people to play steel pans than anyone else in the world. Who else can teach and run eight steel pan bands at a time and also launch and teach 150 elementary school kids in Franklin County, VA the steel pans all at the same time.

Richard is the owner of Quest School…


Added by Clay Johnston on April 6, 2015 at 6:46am — 1 Comment

Cabo Verde Islands is interested in playing pan!!

As I hope you all already know, I started a project about introducing pan on São Vicente, Cabo Verde Islands.

As this the site for developing pan all over the world, I hope to reach as much people as possible 

As a lot of bands in Trinidad/Tobago don't use mail, I hope you read this and help them to start a panyard.

My name is Deanne Pijl and I live in The Netherlands. And of course I play Pan.

Last February, during the Carnival, I was on São Vicente ( Cape…


Added by deanne pijl on March 25, 2015 at 1:19pm — 3 Comments


S.N.S.E, give's green light to Agent AWESOME INTEL LIMITED to commence licensing, of the 4ths & 5ths technology on the steel drum or tenor pan, as of the 31st March 2015, in accordance with the Copyright Act Laws ( Chapter 82:80 ) of Trinidad & Tobago and the United States Library of Congress, U.S.C sec 17 Copyright Act Law's, call 868-221-7026 for further details... 

Added by Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho on March 23, 2015 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Illinois' Largest Steelpan Festival Returns!

Region’s Largest Steelpan Festival Returns to Chicagoland

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival Returns to Crystal Lake for 2015

Potts & Pans is proud to announce that the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is coming back to Crystal Lake on April 11, 2015. At this one day only festival, attendees will have the opportunity to hear bands from across the midwest, a…


Added by The Steelpan Store on March 23, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

A Special Note of Thanks

Good day friends,

I am pleased to inform you that we were able to acquire the necessary funds to attend SXSW 2015. 

On behalf of the family, I would like to convey a special note of thanks to the following:

Mrs. Amanda Barnett-McLeod (Trinidad)

Mr. Herman Andalcio (Chicago)

The West family (Trinidad)

Ask Promotions (Trinidad)

Golden Hands Steel Orchestra (Trinidad)

Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism…


Added by Khari Codrington on March 18, 2015 at 10:31am — 6 Comments

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

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