"Mia congratulations on your achievements. You are one of our young Ambassadors of T&T. We are well represented I am truly proud of you and Josanne, our women of Pan 'over there' Keep up the good work. Don't worry you will be…"
"Keep up the Good Work Josanne. You are leading by example. We have quite a lot of young ladies in Trinbago playing the National Instrument now. In fact the female Pannists might have outnumbered the males this year. this is interesting and a count…"
"That's true Gerard! Although Rhapsody can get the actual 'Pan Tone' they use the 'finger' touch/tones most times. but the points I was making were 1) Rhapsody converted to meet the requirement to play in fetes and through…"
"Gerard I remember those days. Those days were really happy days. Solo Harmonites, Silver stars etc. and that was not only on Carnival Sunday but thru the whole Carnival season. I remember these bands learning fete tunes even before their panorama…"
"This is a victory for Pan. Congratulation Patrick on your elevation to this important Office. You have the experience and should use it wisely. You come from the 'Belly' of the Pan, so we expect good and favourable decision wrt the…"
"Well said Valentine! You have spoken wisely. I need not say more. We are fighting among ourselves and no progress is achieved in this way. Professor Copeland did what he had to do and it was on instructions from one of our former Prime Minister. He…"
"REPARATION, that's the word! The English owe us that. So too are the French, Spaniards and Americans, they all owe us. As the Mighty Chalkdust rightly put it in his Calypso way back. Where is our Grandfather backpay? There are so many ways to…"
"Wayne you are totally correct. The challenges are in the hands of the Sound Engineers. Anthony Williams didn't have the Technology that we have now. We have to train Sound Engineers to handle the Acoustic Instruments, THE PAN. It is not…"
"Cindy, thank you for acknowledging your appreciation towards the people that invented our National Instrument. We are a young Nation, 49 years old, and I am sure that all major contributors to the Pan Movement would be rewarded soon. It is not…"
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I am involved in the Steel Band movement for the past 40 years. My pan music career started with the then ICI Monarchs Steel Orchestra of Malabar, Arima. This is from 1969 to 1975. The Band became inactive for the next 3 years. In 1979, five members reactivated the Band. We were all leaders in our rights. Most importantly, one was the TUNER and ARRANGER, that is MR. Edwin Bartlette. This was a guy who had done so much for the Pan selflessly up until his death in in the early nineteen nineties. The rebirth of this Band is Rhapsody Steel Orchestra, Rhapsody Steel and Brass, Rhapsody Steel and Brass and the P.H.I.. I have been the Manager of this band since then and between these times I have also managed Arima Golden Symphony and the Arima Melodians Steel. Just before playing a part in the formation of a new Band , Opera Symphonic Sounds. In fact I played my last Panorama in this Band in 1985.
In 1999, I rejuvenated Rhapsody Rebirth Steel Orchestra. A Band that was introduced to the Next Generation. A conventional Band without Panorama in mind. Up to 2005 the band had only taken part in 2 Pan in the 21st Century and 2 Music Festivals. Amplification of this Band that year brought us closer to playing in Carnival fetes with Brass. In 2009, another step was taken to introduce the Electronic Pan, The P.H.I. (Percussive Harmonic Instrument) We are also known as Rhapsody Next Generation. Follow our page on Facebook, Rhapsody NG and read our History.