Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
After the curtain is drawn on the greatest cultural show on the planet what cultural infrastructure is set in place by the Ministry of Culture and t Pan-Trinbago to further promote the art and the artist? As a former player for many years with such bands as "Fascinators," "Forsythe Highlanders," "Huggins Pandemonium," "Catelli Trinidad All Stars," and "Arima Angel Harps" I recall to memory after showtime it was "see you next time."
I believe that the time has arrived for Trinidad and Tobago Government in collaboration with the governing pan-body to invest not only in the upgrade of the instrument, but also to upgrade the social and financial well being of the panist and the art form.
I suggest having at least three national steel-ban competition per year, [a] National Panorama Competition, [b] Independence Steel-ban Competition, [c] National Steel-ban Classical Music Festival.
I also suggest hosting of a World Steel-ban competition every three years where bands from around the world can come to T&T and compete in three categories for the "Supreme World Championship Title" along with outstanding cash prizes.
I suggest bands should be judged on compositions of [a] Calypso music, [b] Classical music, and [c] Contemporary music of choice. What's your thoughts?