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November 2013 Blog Posts (9)

John Lopez R.I.P.

PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra is mourning the sudden passing on Friday November 29, 2013 of stalwart John Lopez.  Up to a few hours before we received the news, John was practising happily in the pan yard for Parang & Steel which begins tonight at 8.00pm.  A special tribute to John will be posted on When Steel Talks later today.


Added by Jean Campbell on November 30, 2013 at 2:24pm — 7 Comments

From a JUDGING point of view these are the 5 best panorama performances

The following are the winning panorama  pieces

(1) 1986: All Stars with arrangement by Len "Smooth" Edwards                 "The Hammer"

(2) 1987: Phase II with arrangement by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe                      "This Feeling Nice"

(3) 2010: Silver Stars with arrangement by Edwin Pouchet

"Battle Zone"

The following are the best non-winning panorama pieces.

1986: Phase II/Len Sharpe "Pan…


Added by Ian Franklin on November 28, 2013 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

An American in Paradise: The sense of Belonging of Andy Narell

American pannist and composer Andy Narell is an iconoclast who fearlessly challenges the narrow definitions of acceptable pan music. He is global, and his usefulness as an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument is tainted by suspicion long held by panmen and the steel pan fraternity in general here. It may be an attitude of his own making. Long held…


Added by Nigel Campbell on November 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — 89 Comments

America's got Talent on Brooklyn Steel Side

I am so proud of the Brooklyn Steel Side as Travis Roberts and Kern Simon decided to take this Orchestra to another .level. What highly committed and motivated young men!!! I have known one of their arrangers Kendal Williams playing pan as a toddler. He is an extremely talented and hardworking young man who is admired by many for his exemplary behavior and dedication. He has great potential and takes his music seriously. He is always willing to be a team player and has the ability to get…


Added by Claudette Alexander on November 21, 2013 at 9:51am — 3 Comments

TRIBUTE .... to Richard Mc David and Keith Belle

I just wanted to say farewell to Richard Mc David, engineer and pan stalwart.

Richard passed away and was cremated on November 5th, just a couple of weeks ago. Apart from his active involvement in the management of Renegades, Richard worked as a contractor for the Steelpan Initiatives Project and was the lead engineer for the G-Pans and the steelpan fabrication facility at Macoya. He was a member of the team that was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2008. He was a brilliant…


Added by Brian Copeland on November 17, 2013 at 10:02pm — 18 Comments

Pan Is Beautiful XII Orchestras results

The last leg of Pan Is Beautiful XII, which was the Orchestras Category, took place at The Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad on November 16th, 2013.

The following are the results:

(1) CODRINTON PAN FAMILY         577

(2) INVADERS                                571

(3) COUVA JOYLANDERS              566

(4) RENEGADES                            550

(5) EXODUS                                   547

(6) PAN ELDERS                          …


Added by Ian Franklin on November 17, 2013 at 2:02am — 8 Comments

Pan Is Beautiful XII Single Pans results

The third leg of finals at Pan Is Beautiful XII was held on November 10th 2013. This time it was the Single Pans Category and 9 bands participated. The following are the results.

1st MARSICANS {545} "Donkey Kong Country 2" by David Wise arranged by Frank Alleyne & Marlon White.

2nd UNI STARS {538} "Tempest" by Kareem Brown & also arranged by Kareem Brown.

3rd D' Original WOODBROOK MODERNAIRES {532} "The Eleventh Hour" by Arddin Herbert who also arranged &…


Added by Ian Franklin on November 10, 2013 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Pan Is Beautiful XII Soloists & Ensemble Results

The finals for Pan Is Beautiful XII, Soloist and Ensemble categorIes were held on November 8th, 2012 at NAPA in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

"Plenty Music but not Plenty support"                                                     The staff of Napa+The competitors=Pan Supporters

Let no one place blame on Pan Trinbago.


1st JOSHAU JABARI BEDEAU 280 "Call me Hero" by Venessa…


Added by Ian Franklin on November 9, 2013 at 1:45am — 7 Comments

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