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Michael B. Best replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion In trying to SCOUT some information for the EXPAT PIONEER PROJECT, I made a very interesting discovery. Which is that CALIFORNIA has gotten very liitle credit in terms of TAKING PAN MUSIC GLOBAL ...
"Edward Towine,  Eisenstein, and Robert  Greenidge is doing great things in Southern Cali"
Apr 21
Michael B. Best replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Etsuko Tajima - New York/Japan - Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form
"I had the opportunity to attend a Christmas recital presented by Brian McFarlane  "Christmas Joy Chimes of Peace"  at Queens Hall in the Mecca, the performance was developed for an European Audience, the singers and performers…"
Nov 24, 2018
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NGC Helps To Preserve Pan

"Mark this is a terrific step in the right direction, however, we need to move further than just preserving we need to expand on the works of the Rudolph Charles and the Bertie Marshall  etc, with some new variations/developments/inventions of…"
Oct 17, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to michael wong's discussion KIM LOY WONG tuner & panist has passed...
"Will see you on the other side KIM"
Oct 4, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Pan Times's discussion Is Calypso making a global comeback?
"The element missing is the agent who can advocate for the music (Calypso and Steel Pan) especially for the royalties, (I do hope the owners of the music has registered their creativity)✔"
Oct 1, 2018
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Allegro - water music -- European tour

"Listen to WITCO Gay Desperadoes version directed by Mr Artie Shaw"
Sep 29, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Glenroy R Joseph's discussion Do we need a "Ministry of Steelpan"?
"I have made this suggestion a few years back, the Ministry should be "The ARTS and CULTURE" this minister should have the capability to amalgam the diversity ethnic culture and their art forms"
Sep 14, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Glenroy R Joseph's discussion Today's question for the WST posse- don't want to miss anyone, you know who you are....
"Dissolve the Corporation, task the leaders of the various bands for a representative to form a Pan body with a government representative as an overseer, this representative will be responsible for the distribution and accountability of the allocated…"
Sep 13, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So let me see if I get this right that on PANORAMA FINALS NIGHT 2018 some players played with MORE than ONE BAND on the same SAVANNAH STAGE in the LARGE BAND CATEGORY
"This has been public knowledge for years, it is the society we live in today all about the $$$. If your players are not duly compensated and some has families who depend on their income, the players in this instance is as a mother cougar with pups…"
May 10, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion DEVELOPING LIST OF STEELBANDS WHICH HAVE PASSED
"Add "Dem Boys" from Morvant"
Apr 19, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to odw's discussion Pan Master Robert Greenidge
"Not  trying to throw a shadow on my buddy Robbie unmatched achievements, but is there anyone out there who can elaborate on Nerlin “Lynn” Taitt, who developed the Reggae beat (in our day we called it Rock Steady) but was never…"
Mar 9, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Pan Times's discussion New Zealand's first steelband festival to be held at Auckland's Silo Park
"A few month back I raised the awareness of Steelpan down under, in my travels a few years back I meet a Trini in Brisbane Australia who is working tirelessly in keeping the Steelpan awareness down under, some on this forum may know him, see the…"
Jan 20, 2018
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Steel Pan Vintage Evening - Chinese Steel Ensemble at Chaconia Hotel,

January 20, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
It’s being dubbed “Steel Pan Vintage Evening”.Hosted by the Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble, this second edition is as the name says, an event of great entertainment, delicious local cuisine,  good vibes and favorite music.It is also an opportunity to generate funds for its ongoing expenses and tour…See More
Jan 8, 2018
Michael B. Best replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"PJJ, thanks for joining the intellectual exercise, I believe with Mr. Russell Providence and Mr. Claude Gonzales input we could forward this discussion to the Ministries of Education, Culture and all the other related organizations as the next step…"
Dec 27, 2017
Michael B. Best replied to When Steel Talks's discussion History - Looking back at the year 1964 in Pan
"An add-on  Rudolph Charles and Desperadoes also introduce the tenor bass  four pans a little larger than the cello."
Dec 27, 2017
Michael B. Best replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"Mr Russell Providence your assessment is right on Que you have grasp the duodenal of the issue, when individuals draw general conclusion on issues  that could not possibly relate to everyone when our physical, mental, and emotional make up is…"
Dec 27, 2017

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Began playing pan in 1965 with West Indian Tobacco Gay Desperadoes now lives in Austin, Texas

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