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NIU Steelband fall 2009 concert: November 22nd

NIU Steelband, Steelpan Studio and All University Steelband present its 2009 fall concert under the direction of Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague on Sunday November 22nd at 3pm. The concert takes place at NIU School of Music’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall and will showcase a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, calypso and mazooka.

The event will also feature gifted steelpan player and composer, Gary Gibson. The Seattle-based musician has released four recordings which… Continue

Added by Liam Teague on November 4, 2009 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

Research Project on G-Pan

Hi all,

Im doing a research project on the Genesis Pan (G-Pan) for a UWI assignment. Can you do me a favour and send any links to information you may stumble upon?

Much Thanks

Added by Melissa J on October 4, 2009 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Want to learn to plan pan

Any suggestions on how I should go about it??? Not sure which instrument I want to play yet.Help

Added by Doris G. on September 24, 2009 at 11:02pm — 5 Comments

Pan Sonatas Supremacy

It has been nearly two weeks since the Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra was decided as the 2009 New York Panorama champions. There is no doubt that Sonatas was among the top three bands that night -- the other two being CASYM and ADLIB steel orchestra. However, it was surprising that Sonatas won by such a wide margin in a competition where many thought it was a toss up between the top three.

Speaking with folks on the grounds of the museum Panorama night, many persons were picking any one… Continue

Added by Kurleigh Lowe on September 16, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments


congrate to all steel bands for tribute to Micheal Jackson 2009 J'ouvert bomb thanks to Hazel John and Danville Williamson President J'ouvert City for the changes they both promise. The marshall escort for the recognition of steel bands and mas band inspite of trials steel bands will survive the odds if we all work together for futue parades.

Added by moreen h on September 12, 2009 at 4:31pm — No Comments


Congratulation to Danville Williamson and Hazel John of J'ouvert City International for the changes promised by them having the marshalls on the parade route for the first time of j'ouvert celebration. Thanks to the marshalls for their support keep up the changes

Added by moreen h on September 11, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Stardust Steel Orch.

Can anyone tell me whether or not Stardust competed at this year's UK panorama? This is a band I'm also interested in.
I would also like to know the status of this band as I was a close friend of the late Randolph Baptiste.

Ivan Hutchinson

Added by Ivan Hutchinson on September 3, 2009 at 2:22pm — 4 Comments

Desmond Bowen

The family of Desmond Bowen would like to EXPRESS THEIR HEART FELT THANKS… for all the support and words of encouragement, as well as, the donation to St. John’s Hospice-MacMillan Nurses of £233.51. His presence will be greatly missed by all who had the honour of knowing him.

Special thanks to a dynamic group of friends that held the family through the last four months of Desmond’s life: (Castro, Cyril “Khamai”, Pene, Gail and Jr. Phipps).

Friendship carries a world to its… Continue

Added by Penelope Welch on September 1, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rare recording of Dennis Kaufman

Dennis Kaufman, founder and leader of Pan Fever, the original, home-grown steel pan band from East Bay San Francisco ( Richmond ), passed away suddenly many decades ago. Dennis was a gifted musician in addition to being a zealous advocate and champion of the music of steel pans. Each year he traveled to the steel band festivals in Trinidad & Tobago, bringing back songs and renewed inspiration with which he grew both Pan Fever and its audience.

Dennis was a skilled and creative… Continue

Added by Tahoe Blue on August 19, 2009 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment



Added by VINCENT HUELOY LILA YIP YOUNG on August 16, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments



Added by VINCENT HUELOY LILA YIP YOUNG on August 15, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Steelpan Players Essential Educational Developement Initiative (SPEEDI

The Steelpan Community need to get on the ball, more than 70% of th players in Toronto is under the age of (30) thirty. To these youths, playing steelpan is as canadian as playing hockey. The Steelpan art, represents an inter-generational interaction with the same objectives within the steelband Community. However, the community must be active in securing funding for the long-term developement in terms of the Science and Technology of the Instrument in Canada.

Added by Hameed Shaqq on August 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Blending Pans for the General Public

Pan tuner and long-time apprentice to Ellie Mannette, Billy Sheeder, will be at Radoes Panyard from Monday August 31 to Friday, September 4, doing tunings for all of the public. Radoes panyard is located on Chase Court between Ralph Avenue and E. 83rd St., near Foster.

No appointment is necessary -- anyone is welcom to bring their pans for blending on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Billy has been tuning for 13 years, 8 of which under the tutelage of Ellie Mannette and a… Continue

Added by susan mc on August 9, 2009 at 10:34am — No Comments

An Evening of Pan

Rising Stars- Silver Stars Presents: "An Evening of Pan Music" 1612 N.W. 38th Ave. Lauder Hill,Florida 33311

Featuring: "Pan Explo" "The 21st Century Steel Band" "Risinig Stars-"Silver Stars USA" Nigel "Moving" Lewis

"D.J. Savage Won" and "D.J. Tee Rex"

For Infomation Call: Lloyd Payne 954-825-6630 Kenty 954-295-8966 Albert Leach 786-399-0307

Added by Michael Kernahan on August 3, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Pan Concert in South Florida August 22nd 2009

Featuring Pan Explo, 21st Century Steel Band, Rising Star-Silverstars USA

For Information: Call Lloyd Payne: 954-824-6630, Kenty:954-295-8966, Albert Leach: 786-399-0307

Venue: 1612 NW 38th Ave. LauderHill,Florida 33311

Added by Michael Kernahan on August 3, 2009 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Russell's response to UTubes Pingpong Samba (1952) and my asking if it was his Jazz trio and/or him on piano and was this the first pan recording in the Uk as far as he knows goes as follows:- 'I ma…

Russell's response to UTubes Pingpong Samba (1952) and my asking if it was his Jazz trio and/or him on piano and was this the first pan recording in the Uk as far as he knows goes as follows:-

'I made my first recording in 53, or 54 for Melodic records ( pingpong Samba, pingpong Lullaby etc). I don't know of any earlier recordings! If you find out please let me know.'

'Yes I'm on Piano, Fitzroy Coleman on Guitar. It's one of my compositions . My nephew Selwyn Gomes also a… Continue

Added by Penelope Welch on July 24, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Pingpong Samba

Want to hear steel pan when it stole your heart? Check Pingpong Samba by Russ Hendersn Steel band on UTube 1952. Russ is probably on the piano. I am just checking with him now.

Added by Penelope Welch on July 24, 2009 at 6:05am — No Comments

Looking For Gold By National Lottery 3rd World Steel Orchestra

Hi I am looking for a recording of Gold By Third World, If anyone can point me in the right direction or to a link it will be most appreciated. Thank You In Advance.

Added by Andres Gonzalez on July 21, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Calypsociation just started to record a new Album "Pan People"

Calypsociation is happy to say to all that we started to record a new Cd !! Only new tunes : A tribute to Michael Jackson, A tribute to Joe Zawinul ( and weather report ), Some Salsa, Some Mazurka, Some 12/8, and of course True Panorama Tunes !

For more Information you can contact us!

Added by Magda Belaid on July 9, 2009 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

Help needed in establishing an after school pan program in North Miami

I am a music teacher stationed in North Miami and currently at home for the next two months wasting talent and time. I have a small kids' steel ensemble but because school is out, the instruments are packed away and the kids are home also wasting talent and time. I was recently offered more instruments but unfortunately I may have no where to house them as the space I currently use is not mine. I have written a few people who work for the city of North Miami and below is my communication to… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Flocker-Aming on June 23, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

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