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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 Instrument.

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Comment by Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho on August 11, 2015 at 8:34pm

Hey Patrick; they can't stop jumping, U forget this is "Dancorama" not "Panorama", this allows them to " Complicate or Hide the tunes Melody" where U can't follow, understand or reconize anything they're doin...

Comment by Mercer Ramdoo on August 11, 2015 at 8:12pm

I think the players should stop jumping up too. And the choreography?...........lose it. Instead of different color shirts.........one color, eh? If they stop knocking the pans, would that be considered an improvement? How about air-conditioned pan yards? Well it certainly took a long time to realize that "it is very annoying and unprofessional" BTW The pans themselves are a bit noisy too.

Comment by Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho on August 10, 2015 at 10:21pm

Martin; U really mean the AROBIC DANCORAMA  INSTRUCTORS???

Comment by Martin Maitland on August 10, 2015 at 10:07pm

First we have to get rid of the so called conductors and that will put an end to this rubbish. I am tired of these fools jumping up in front of the band when they are all capable of self-control. This is what made a steel orchestra unique…we had no conductor at the front of the orchestra to conduct us.

Comment by Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho on August 10, 2015 at 6:20pm

YEAH  WAYNE;  I CONCUR, a real BAD HABIT, that's because they're NOT DISCIPLINED, in Pan Am North Stars or BWIA Sunjets West Side Symphony that could never happen, when myself or the late Herman "rock" Johnston strike the skirt of a pan IN THE YARD, thats because the players are working out their music, and the COASTING must cease, therefore, order and or attention is warranted, Williams never had to strike the skirt of a pan unless he was knocking out a dent in it or cutting the drum to temper it...  

Comment by Winston Frederick on August 10, 2015 at 4:48pm

Hi Brian we could change it I have seen large bans of many various instrumentation control the players and the

noise in the rehearsal and they did it in a professional way we have to respect our Instrument practice makes perfect we could eliminate this habit,we could do it, just start and it will weed it self out YOU ME AND the rest could do it God Bless.      

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Comment by Winston Frederick on August 10, 2015 at 2:36pm

I Totally agree I too don't even let any one touch my pan far more to beat on it to get players attention or count in

a song,I do arrange for my band and l always use a cow bell or a tuck tuck. 

Comment by jean robertson on August 10, 2015 at 2:03pm

i agree with Wayne.....'LETS BRING PAN INTO THE 21ST.CENTURY'''

Comment by Eileen Paterson on August 10, 2015 at 1:39pm

When are we going to stop saying "we thing" and "we pan." Hosting the WORLDWIDE Conference/Panorama speaks volumes. We have to get out the box.

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