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Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago HQ site an ‘eyesore’
"Gypsy said SMARTMANISM was an obstacle suppressing pan,to ensure that the pan goes forward,because everything that is supposed to be done,was stymied by the very people who were supposed to take it forward and we have another word for it…"
Feb 26
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Junior Panorama 2019 - - Live
"Mr. Gonzales all those large bands have Youth Junior bands who enter the non school category where you had before primary and secondary school. Doh worry I was on to your sarcasm lol"
Feb 24
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Junior Panorama 2019 - - Live
"That was non school All I have is Naparima first;Eldorado 2nd; Bishops Ansty 3rd. I'm sure all will be posted soon if not already."
Feb 24
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Junior Panorama 2019 - - Live
"Sampson 1st Invaders youths273; 2nd All Stars youths 269; 3rd Renegades youths 268; 4th Supanovas youths252; 5th Desperadoes youths 251;6th Skiffle youths 250;7thTropical Angel harps youths 246;8th Cordettes Academy 243;9th St. Margaret's…"
Feb 24
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Not so fast Exodus; Pan Trinbago to meet on change of song
"The bands who played their tune at the prelims in the yard and the semis, would have had pointers/comments from the judges about what can be done to better their tune. If a band changes it's tune, that tune would not have had any,so they could…"
Feb 20
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Pan Elders prepare to defend title!!! [But I like the part about the BAND HOPPING!!!]
"There is nothing to clean up as no stipend will be paid."
Feb 5
Gerard Clarke replied to earl richards's discussion Since the introduction of the players stipend, Have any of the Foreign and Expat players receive any payment or they do it for love of Pan and Culture ?
"Panrebel it would be absurd to ban foreigners be it players,arrangers or tuners. Many locals in these mentioned fields do well for themselves in foreign countries, many times even better than at home, so their has to be reciprocation."
Jan 7
Gerard Clarke replied to earl richards's discussion Since the introduction of the players stipend, Have any of the Foreign and Expat players receive any payment or they do it for love of Pan and Culture ?
"I can't speak for all bands with foreign players,but I do know of some who paid their foreign players from their own funds and even transferred via Western Union to others."
Jan 6
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"Mercer Ramdoo...you still with that? "
Jan 3
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"Patrick I don't know if you are a supporter. If you are,then go in the yard(if you know where it is) and approach the management and let them tell you. I am not an appointed spokesman. You or anyone else knowing anything,will not solve or…"
Dec 28, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"Way to go Merrytones!"
Dec 26, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"Randi Curvan I like your comment and thanks for your support. Like you said "it's their business" and the comment of Merrytones is spot on "respect them for that!", but one Patrick seems to want to make it his business,even…"
Dec 26, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"911, Cecil, let's just say it's more than that and not about being too expensive. I will not be making any further comment on this topic."
Dec 25, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"The recommendations of Patrick and the seconding by Cecil WON'T HAPPEN! I am not putting anything on this forum about that! Too many people know what should happen, without knowing WHY it will NOT happen! Internal band business is not for any…"
Dec 24, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EVERYBODY GET PAID!!! Segue to PANORAMA 2019!!! Robert Greenidge is OUT at STARLIFT!!!
"That Starlift arranger in not new. He arranger for Starlift 2013, 2014,2015, he is yet to make a final. Let's hope that 2019 is his year to do well for the band."
Dec 24, 2018
Gerard Clarke replied to Pan Times's discussion Gypsy: North Park to cost $2.3m
"The North Park is estimated to bring in revenue of 8 million dollars. Pantrinbago usually collected the gate receipts from the North Stand, around 2.8 million. Without the North Stand,it would be revenue lost for Pantrinbago. Would Gypsy forward…"
Dec 21, 2018

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Panmaker tuner player

pan player for 50 years, member of Starlift for 47 years, played 40 panoramas, 40 years on the road and stage side, made 10 overseas tours,arranged for a while winning school panorama in 1976 and placing 3rd in 1977.was always trying my hand at tuning with grapefruit tins and Klim tins.
Eventually went full speed to get into tuning and approach my good friend Herman Guppy(the world's best in my view) for assistance and he certainly did over a five year period,teaching me the preparation and tuning fine points.I now work with different bands, groups and individuals at home and abroad.

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At 9:21am on September 4, 2015, Cecil hinkson said…
Happy Birthday Gerard, be blessed.
At 3:52am on May 11, 2013, Charlene Lusk said…

Gerard, I haven't forgotten where I grew up man, and where I learned monopoly, where I saw my first robot that answered all those game questions. Don't forget, I'm the one who used to keep you in check. And I was the bodyguard, remember? That's where we learned to play draft. Remember when we used to run out to your Uncle Geoff's car with the crown on the front? I learned so much from your relatives it ain't funny. Ma Clarke was the greatest. And of course, the triplets was my favorite. I never forgot. I still feel like part of the family. They were my college associates. Remember we used to play in the orphanage with the Wickhams? Hey, what happened to that Barnes guy...I forgot his nickname. Good to read your comment about the mango tree. Ansel.

At 11:33pm on April 25, 2012, Gregory Lindsay said…

I have had some discussions with an highly placed individual close to the President of PT at the organisation last week and I am hoping to get some insight to my inquiries from observations and documentation received on this topic. I have knowledge of certain things and if I begin to talk and produce documentary evidence in my possession, some individuals will lose their bids for re-election of their jobs in PanTrinbago and maybe need a Senior Counsel. But it will clearly provide the answer to this salient question being asked in this discussion.

I have been silent on the forum for a while for a reason.When I say what I say it is the truth,..from the ground in the pan world in T&T. So given that for me it is not a place for idle ole talk and foolishness or a laundry to wash the organization's dirty linen.  With Pan Jazz in Tobago this weekend, Point Fortin Borough Day next weekend then leading into STEELFEST right after, I am hopeful that I will get the truthful response to my inquiries in a reasonable amount of time from the President himself or a suitably placed designated emissary . 

A word to the wise; the properly constituted number of meetings that PT is suppose to have with the body is stymied. It is an election year and that is due in October. The COSCERO (PT Central & Regional Officers)  meetings have also seemed to have gone off line. Given this the opportunity to raise my concerns internally at an association meeting can be likened to a mirage in the desert.  So it might appear from a strategic communciations standpoint (or subsequent lack thereof) allegedly that a 'cabal of officers' is running the affairs of the movement with no properly constituted oversight of the general membership or regional secretariat sectors.

 

Should PT fail to respond to my enquiries posed, I hope when I get ready to let down my bucket on When Steel Talks that your server can handle the traffic. Because although I am asking the same questions being asked to the PT hierarchy in advance, I never seem to quite get the attention needed to provide answers until I began posting them on the WST network.

 

I will continue to be patient and kind with my leaders elected and appointed at PT, but at the appointed time and hour, as we all know the longest rope has an end.Until next time,...I will continue to be as NCC's CEO Moe categorises me 'a purist' and a steelband leader in the unsponsored fraternity..WST keep up the great work that you do in the Diaspora in loving up the pan.

At 11:30pm on March 24, 2012, Steve "Carter" K. said…

Gerard you are probably correct for I have never heard of North Stars connected with the Bomb Competition .

At 7:26pm on October 13, 2011, Cheryl Flemming said…
Thanks so much for the imput and the credit should indeed go to Ray Holman first........love the pan so let us keep it Alive.

Gerard Clarke's Blog

Radio Trinidad Tune

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 6:40pm 12 Comments

Hi, a discussion with Hameed Shaque and others was about the name of the tune played on Radio Trinidad at 5.30 am and the composer.Two past employees (the present did not know) confirmed that the name was CALL OF THE KISKIDEE and the composer was UMILTA McSHINE. All they could say is that the soloist was from Woodbrook.Someone said Ormand "Patsy" Haynes, but I don't know where he was from.

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