Steelpan at New York Labor Day Carnival
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originating in Trinidad and Tobago. Steelpan musicians are called pannists.

The pan is a pitched percussion instrument, tuned chromatically  made from a 55 gallon drum of the type that stores oil. It is is not technically regarded as a drum

The first instruments developed in the evolution of steelpan were Tamboo-Bamboos, tunable sticks made of bamboo wood. These were hit onto the ground and with other sticks in order to produce sound.[3] Tamboo-Bamboo bands also included percussion of a (gin) bottle and spoon. By the mid-1930s bits of metal percussion was being used in the tamboo bamboo bands, the first probably being either the automobile brake hub "iron" or the biscuit drum "boom". The former replaced the gin bottle-and-spoon, and the later the "bass" bamboo that was pounded on the ground. By the late 1930s there occasional all-steel bands were seen at Carnival and by 1940 it had become the preferred Carnival accompaniment of young underprivileged men. The 55-gallon oil drum was used to make lead steelpans from around 1947. The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO), formed to attend the Festival of Britain in 1951, was the first steelband whose instruments were all made from oil drums.

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PANORAMA RESULTS 2008
Position
Name of Band Tune of Choice Points
1st ADLIB Heat by Amrit Samaroo 276
2nd
 
CASYM

Musical Vengeance by L. Sharpe

275
3rd Sonatas Ten Commandments of Pan by J. Isaacs /I. de Peiza 268
4th Despers USA

South Pan Champs by
E. Brooks/  A. Daniell

249
4th Harmony Hooked by M. Loquan/ K. Philmore/D. Garcia 249
6th Sesame Flyers Hooked by M. Loquan/ K. Philmore/ D. Garcia 246
7th Pantonic Musical Vengeance by L. Sharpe 245
7th D'Radoes Oil & Music  by  M. Montano/ D. Rudder 234
8th Crossfire

Musical Vengeance by L. Sharpe

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 STEELBANDS PANORAMA 2008 & PANYARDS
ORDER OF APPEARANCE  

1ST    BAND :-               D’RADOES
           TUNE :-               OIL AND MUSIC 
            ARTIST :-            M MONTANO  & D RUDDER 

           CAPTAIN :-         JUNIOR ‘MAN’ SAMUELS 
           ARRANGER :-    ED QUARLESS 

           TUNER :-             LEARIE & ROLAND HARRIGAN 
           PAN YARD :-      8039 CHASE CT ; BET RALPH AVE & E 83ST 

2ND     BAND :-                 PAN SONATAS 
           TUNE :-                 TEN COMMANDMENTS 
            ARTIST :-              J ISAACS 
           CAPTAIN :-          SHERWIN ‘PIN’ EDWARDS 
           ARRANGER :-     YOHAN POPWELL 
           TUNER :-              BERTRAND  KELMAN 
           PAN YARD :-       1254 STERLING PL; BROOKLYN; NY  

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3RD    BAND :-                 SESAME FLYERS 
           TUNE :-                  HOOKED 
           ARTIST :-              K PHILMORE ; MARK LOQUAN 
           CAPTAIN :-           JONN LOYDE-GILL 
           ARRANGER :-      P GODDARD 
           TUNER :-              GABRIEL DOYLE ROBLEY ; LEARIE HARRIGIN ; 
                                          MARLON DEWSDURY ;ROSS THOMAS 
           PAN YARD :-       1021 E 48 ST ; BROOKLYN ;NY  
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4TH    BAND :-                 CROSSFIRE STEEL ORCHESTRA 
           TUNE :-                 MUSICAL VENGEANCE 
            ARTIST :-             L SHARPE 
            CAPTAIN :-          ELIZABETH McFAIRSON 
           ARRANGER :-      KHUENT ROSE 
           TUNER :-               ROLAND HARRIGAN 
           PAN YARD :-        P.S. 241 ;PRESIDENT ST; BROOKLYN ;NY  
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5TH     BAND :-                  ADLIB STEEL ORCH 
           TUNE :-                  HEAT 
           ARTIST :-               A SAMAROO 
           CAPTAIN :-            FRANKLIN MAYERS 
           ARRANGER :-       ANDRE’ WHITE 
           TUNER :-                FITZ & PATRICK WORRELL 
           PAN YARD :-         855 NASSAU RD; UNIONDALE ; NY  
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6TH     BAND :-                 DESPERS USA 
            TUNE :-                 SOUTH PAN CHAMPS 
            ARTIST :-              
           
CAPTAIN :-          WAYNE ‘BUMPY’ INNISS 
            ARRANGER :-     WILFRED AND KLEIM 
            TUNER :-             CLEMENT FRANKLIN  &  KIM-LOY WONG 
            PAN YARD :-      621 CLASSON AVE ; BROOKLYN ; NY 

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7TH       BAND :-                  C.A.S.Y.M 
            TUNE :-                   MUSICAL VENGEANCE 
            ARTIST :-               L SHARPE 
           CAPTAIN :-             TRAVIS ROBERTS 
            ARRANGER :-        ARDDIN HERBERT 
            TUNER :-                 DOYLE   
           
PAN YARD :-         15  SNYDER ; BROOKLYN ; NY  
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8TH     BAND :-                   HARMONY MUSIC MAKER 
            TUNE :-                    HOOKED 
           ARTIST :-                 K PHILMORE ; MARK LOQUAN 
           CAPTAIN :-             DIONNE NORTON 
           TUNER :-                 DOYLE 
           PAN YARD :-          1351 LINCOLN PL ; BROOKLYN ; NY 
9TH     BANDS :-                 PANTONIC 
           TUNE :-                    MUSICAL VENGEANCE 
           ARTIST :-                L SHARPE 
           CAPTAIN :-            ELLIS BAPTISTE 
           ARRANGER :-       KEITH ROBERTS 
           TUNER :-                ROLAND HARRIGAN 
           PAN YARD :-         ALBERMALE BET LOTT & VERONICA ; BROOKLYN 

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Directions to Shows at The Brooklyn Museum:
Enter for the Panorama through the main Museum doors on the Eastern Parkway not the usual entrance.

From Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge; first left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza; approximately 2/3 around Plaza; turn right on Eastern Parkway. Museum is at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut: Triborough Bridge to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE)/Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street, follow directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and Southern or Central New Jersey: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for approximately 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; turn right on Eastern Parkway. Museum is at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey: George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow Manhattan directions.

From Long Island: Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; approximately 3 miles to Washington Avenue. Museum is across intersection at left.

2008 United Kingdom - The Champions of Steel
United Kingdom - The Champions of Steel competition took place in London’s famed Hyde Park for the second year as it again opening the Notting Hill Carnival on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Once again Ebony Steel Orchestra, the 2007 panorama champions, retained their title for 2008. [more]

Ebony Steelband @ Panorama 2007 - Sharing Licks

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NEW YORK PANORAMA RESULTS 2007
Position Name of Band Tune of Choice  Points

1

PAN SONATAS PAN LAMENTATION

451

2

CASYM SHARING LICKS

430

3

ADLIB BAND FROM SPACE

416

3

PANTONICS BAND FROM SPACE

416

5

SESAME FLYERS BAND FROM SPACE

413

6

HARMONY NAH GO HOME

407

7

RADOES BAND FROM SPACE

406

8

CROSS FIRE SHARING LICKS

404

9

DEM STARS CAN’T GET ENOUGH

394

10

DESPERS USA SHARING LICKS

383

11

NY MARSICIANS PAN LAMENTATIONS

253

Pan Alive 2008 Toronto Carnival
Toronto, Canada - More than 7,000 fans at Lamport Stadium enjoyed the defending champions Selah Steel Academy successfully defend their Pan Alive panorama title.
  • 1st Salah Steel Academy – Puncernelly – Defosto – Winston Scarborough – Salah Wilson
  • 2nd Afropan Steelband – 10 Commandments of Pan – Tony Prescott – Jason “Peanut” Isaac/Ingrid Depleza – Earl La Pierre
  • 3rd Silhouettes Steel Orchestra – Sweet Soca Man – Baron – Winsford Devine – Mark Mosca
  • 4th Panatics
  • 5th Pan Masters
  • 6th Pan Fantasy
  • 7th St James Sounds
  • 8th New Dimension
  • 9th Jesse Ketchum
  • 10th Metrotones
  • 11th Symphonics
  • 12th Hamilton Youth Orchestra

 

2008 TnT Panorama Finals
Phase 11 Pan Groove come from behind in the Trinidad National Semi Finals Panorama competition in true "musical vengeance" style to capture the title of Champion steelband of the world in the 2008 Trinidad and Tobago finals held in Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday 2nd Feb 2008

Phase II Pan Groove PANORAMA
 Prelims Trinidad 2008

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2008 Tnt Panorama Finals Results
Large Conventional Band Results
01. Phase II Pan Groove - Musical Vengeance (481)
02. Trinidad All Stars -Thunder Coming (480)
03. Sagicor Exodus - Puncernelly (474)
04. Witco Desperadoes - Pan Commandments (471.5)
05. Silver Stars - Thunder Coming (463)
06. BP Renegades - Thunder Coming (460)
07. RBTT Redemption Sound Setters - Puncernelly (459)
08. Tropical Angel Harps - Latin On the Court (454)

Medium Conventional Band Results
01. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille - Hooked (465.5)
02. Steel Xplosion - Get Down (459.5)
03. Clico Sforzata - Thunder Coming Down (444.5)
04. NLCB Buccooners - Hooked (441)
05. Arima Angel Harps - Latin On The Court (437)
05. Sangre Grande Cordettes - Latin On The Court (437)
07. HCL Valley Harps - Celebration Time 2008 (436)
08. Carib Dixieland - Puncernelly (433.5)

Small Conventional Band Results
01. Pan Elders - Latin On The Court (476)
02. Arima Golden Symphony - Fiery (470)
03. Merrytones - Musical Vengeance (469)
04. Petrotrin Siparia Deltones - Whole Day (465)
05. Tornadoes - Latin On The Court (457)
06. Tamana Pioneers - Earthquake (451)
07. Panosonic Connection - Thunder Coming (448)
08. Pandemonium - Celebration Time (445)
09. Tunapauna All Stars - Tell Me Why (444)
10. Simple Song - Bass Man (435)

In Memory: Terry Joseph 1947 - 2008
Terry_Joseph.jpgTerry Joseph passed away on January 2nd 2008.The 60-year-old columnist who worked at different times for the Guardian, Express and Mirror newspapers, died in Georgia, United States on New Year's Day while visiting with his wife, Dr. Laini Gilliam-Joseph after a prolonged battle with cancer.
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Dehumanising our youth
Clearly, along the road to success, she became one of the very black bitches she created and, for that, was rewarded with the opportunity to make more.
-Where pan reach?" 2nd World Steelband Music Festival
-Pan Patent Plan by George Whitmyre, of Elkton, Maryland, and Harvey J Price, of Wilmington, Delaware
Welcoming Ellie 1st World Steelband Music Festival
HIDING PAN FACTS UNDER CANOPIES PT - 1
MIKING SOLO INSTRUMENTS PT - 2
SQUABBLES OVER STANDARDISATION PT - 3

He was born in Laventille in 1947, and spent the latter part of his life writing about the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, especially Pan, Calypso and Mas. At the Send-off ceremony Express Editor-at-Large Keith Smith recalled that Joseph was such an expert on steelband, mas and calypso, that people from all corners of the world would be referred to him for information on the art forms.

"the sheer magic of pan still has the rest of the world as excited as a mosquito in a nudist camp"
Terry Joseph writing about the 2005 World Steelband Music Festival at Madison Garden in NYC

Joseph was remembered for his warmth, spontaneity, biting sense of humour, sarcastic wit, as a great drinker, cultured style and class, fairness, brutal honesty, strength and courage, and for being an indefatigable worker, "a giant of a man and a cultural warrior".

During the celebration there were performances by the Laventille Rhythm Section, Lord Superior, Lydian Singers, Brother Resistance, singer Mavis John accompanied by Grammy-award winning percussionist Ralph MacDonald and veteran steelband arranger Pelham Goddard. For the final tribute, Roy Cape All Stars and steelband Sagicor Exodus performed "Memories" by The Mighty Sparrow.

As Joseph's casket was being carried into the hearse, the pall bearers danced and sang to the calypso music and some beat a tune on the casket. His body was then removed for a private cremation.

 
A Competition of Honors
 August 2008: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s has chosen Dr Brian Copeland as the recipient of the country’s highest national award in 2008.

Dr. Brian Copeland's work with steelpan allowed Trinidad and Tobago to move beyond the successfull challenge to USA granted patents on steel drums which could have  required licensing for steelpans imported from the birthplace of Steelpan.

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Dr Brian Copeland and his work developing the steel pan of the 21st century is to be awarded the first successor medal to the Trinity Cross, Trinidad & Tobago's highest honor

Dr. Copeland will be the first person to receive the new Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT). The highest award was previously known as the Trinity Cross but the name was changed following a high court decision that it discriminated against non-Christians.  

Justice Peter Jamadar had ruled that the Trinity Cross indirectly discriminated against non-Christians after a court case brought by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha and a Muslim organisation. It has been over two years since the highest award was granted and Dr. Copeland will be the first recipient of the as yet unveiled award which may or may not feature the the three mountain peaks which Christopher Columbus himself used to name the island Trinidad.


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago challenged the steelpan patents, using the classic "prior use" arguments and asserting that this so-called ingenuity was identical to published local work of pan pioneer, Anthony Williams.

After examining evidence submitted by the Intellectual Property Office, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued an Inter Partes Re-examination Certificate that cancelled all the claims of the "Cycle of Fifths" patent, effectively revoking it. The arrangement of notes has been placed in the US public domain, which means that no-one else can register a patent for it.

 On August 20th 2008, Patrick Arnold, president of the Trinidad-based group Pan Trinbago, the world governing body for the steel drum, whose group has

Steelpan
Patrick Arnold, the President of Pan Trinbago inaugurated the Anthony Williams Awards ceremony and President's Ball in December 2007.

 been involved  in contesting the American patents since 2004. According to Newsday  he opposed the selection of Copeland saying that there were more deserving such as pan tuner Ellie Mannette, or Mr. Anthony Williams, one member of the TASPO band, on returning from Britain, designed the "Fourths and Fifths" arrangement of notes which is, in effect, a cycle of fifths. The ground-breaking Trinidad All Stars Percussion Orchestra (TASPO), was the historic full steelpan orchestra which introduced the instrument to Europe while on tour to London and Paris in 1951.

According to Pan Trinbago's historian Neville Bryant, "it was Williams who invented the fourth and fifth tenor pans which gave the pans a wider musical range. It was he who invented the spider web tenor pan and he was the first person to put steelbands on wheels." This has become the standard form of note placement for lead pans and more importantly led to no entity being able to claim ownership of the steelpan.

At 76-years of age, Williams in December of 2007 was honored by Pan Trinibago for his work which also included leading the Pan Am North Stars for many years.

Dr. Copeland, head of the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine,  led the team that invented a new steelpan, the so called the G-pan, which was unveiled with Prime Minister Patrick Manning in July.

On July 4, 2007 Copeland’s team of engineers unveiled the G-pans, which features 37 notes instead of 29, three full octaves rather than the two and a half octaves of the traditional tenor and a 37th note is actually the first note of the fourth octave.

In an interview shortly after the ceremony, Copeland told a Guardian reporter that the award “augurs well for the protection and preservation of the instrument.”  and that by  moving towards patenting “we would be consolidating ourselves as the owners of the steel pan.”


Meanwhile Pan Trinibago has undertaken a campaign to elevate the appreciation of the genius of Tony Williams to the evolution of Pan arts. Their program August 2008 features three such events:

"In recognition and celebration of the man who has been hailed as an “absolute genius”, Pan Trinbago staged three  significant activities during the month of August 2008.

The first is the rededication of the Foundation Stone at St. Paul’s Street on Friday 15th August 2008. The stone marks the place where the first meeting of steelbands was held.

"Two days later on Sunday 17th August 2008, there will be an Inter-faith Service at Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Pan Theatre, Duke Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, at 10:00 am. Several members of the Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) will officiate.

"Lastly there is the inauguration of The Hall of Fame with Anthony Williams as the first inductee. The ceremony will take place on Friday 29th August 2008 at a venue to be confirmed."

Neither Anthony Hall or Dr. Brain Copeland have, as yet,  been given a wikipedia page which as of Sept 2008 had only 12 panmen listed.

 
 
Winston Spree
"Born at Rose Hill, East Dry River in 1930, his detractors say he would have been too young to shine at the time pan made that first developmental leap. What is not in dispute is that Spree executed the best-remembered pan performance of the 1946 Carnival. And since that event is widely recorded as the first time the instrument had been used as a lead voice in the yet fledgling steel orchestra, it seems more than reasonable to link both situations.

"Several pan historians, some of whom were probably on hand for his public premiere of the 14-note tenor pan on March 5, 1946 (Carnival Tuesday of that year), insist that no one had hitherto produced that level of music.
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Terry Joseph
No one person invented pan

 “Pan as an item was not invented by any person. It evolved and there are a number of people, including myself, who advanced it through certain stages of that evolution.” said Ellie Mannette who spent most of his career studying the further development of the pan instrument and at the West Virginia University (WVU) since 1994.
“We have also developed a geometry for the pan templates,” he said. “This allows us to simply measure the spaces and make the notes, so a pan does not always have to be an instrument with the notes shaped the same way all the time. As long as the C note has the same size specifications, it can be tuned accurately."

 
by Terry Joseph Oct-2000

 
 
 
 

 



 


 


 

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