Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Hells Gate, from the inception of the introduction of overseas arrangers and adjucators in our National Panorama, has always remained opposed to the idea. From my personal experience, Rising Sun Steel Orchestra and Hells Gate Steel Orchestra were always opposed to the idea, notwithstanding being in the minority.
We are of the view that Antigua's National Panorama is a national event and that ous nationals must be showcased and given the challenge and opportunity to advance thenmselves.
The fact that to date, the ABPA has failed to engage the local musicians in meaningful dialogue regarding any concerns the ABPA had with the 2012 Panorama results, which was adjudicated by all local qualified and reputable musicians , but instead have already secured four (4) overseas adjudicators and are yet to source three (3) local adjudicators to complete the panel of seven (7) adjudicators, in my view, this is not only disrespecful to the nation of Antigua and Barbuda but seems conspiratorial. Doesn't "charity begins at home anymore"?
We would be the first to support the idea of overseas adjudicators if Antigua was hosting a Caribbean or International Competition. However, this is not the case.
The majority of the ABPA leadership suffers from an inferiority complex, i.e., "anything that is not local is better".
To date, the ABPA leadership has not furnish the membership with the minutes of the meetings held regarding 2013 Panorama, indicating which member Band submitted the resolution to amend Rule 7 (h), who seconded the motion etc. and on what date did the amendment became effective. In fact, tha ABPA has failed to convene a General Meeting or Elections over the past six (6) years.
We wish to register our dissatsifaction regarding the ABPA handling of this issue and to assure Antigua and Barbuda, that on the evening of 1st August, 2013, LIME hells will represent our twin island nation with pride and dignity.