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Published on January 23rd, 2016 | by Robbie Joseph

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All-female band selling T-shirts to raise funds for Pan semis

Platinum, the lone all-female steelband that will compete in Sunday’s Panorama, semi-finals is aiming to raise $25,000 to offset some of their expenses. The band, which will be among the medium bands competing on Sunday, is asking the public to support its mission by purchasing T-shirts at a price of $100 each. Jenna James, Vice Manager and Vice Captain of the band, told Loop that they are selling T-shirts to help raise the much-needed funds,

The money is needed to pay for uniforms, extra pans to supplement those they have borrowed and to pay players and the arranger, she said. The band is unsponsored said James, despite issuing several letters requesting financial assistance. “We sent out letters to everyone we could think of but we haven’t received any word as yet,” she said. Platinum will field 35 players in Sunday’s competition and should they make the finals that number will be increased to 45.

The Barataria band was formerly known as the Maitigual Pan Vibes founded 1981.In  2013, Carlan Harewood, owner of the band, came up with the concept to turn it into an all-female band with a new name. Although this is not the country’s first all-femalle steelband, it is the first such band to compete in Panorama. For the semi-finals the band will play Superblue’s “Unknown Band” arranged by Natasha Joseph. Anyone wishing to assist Platinum with its fundraising efforts is asked to contact Lauren Pierre at 779-8818 or Jenna James at 304-5708.

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