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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Nurturing the future of pan

Music was the language of celebration for the 84 Pan-in-Schools workshop participants who showed off their talents in a spectacular graduation ceremony held at the Queen’s Hall Auditorium recently in St Ann’s. The event was a fitting culmination of the music workshops held during the July-August vacation period at venues across Trinidad and sister isle Tobago, which were conducted by the Pan-in-Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC) and sponsored by energy company bp Trinidad and Tobago.

Pan Trinbago vice-president Brian Serrette lauded the initiative: “I have to start off by commending PSCC and bpTT for continuing to support the development of youth in music. I was excited by this year’s innovation workshop because it was in that atmosphere that the steelpan was born. We have to stop viewing our national instrument as simply one that can be played, and look at the industry that can be created around it. We need scientists, manufacturers, tuners, arrangers and a host of other professionals. I challenge you graduates to think ‘outside of the pan’ and become innovators and take up your role as future world steelpan leaders.”

The workshop participants were schooled in various disciplines associated with the workshops in Music Composition, Panorama Arranging, as well as Creativity, Innovation and Invention. The highly interactive sessions were conducted by the PSCC’s cadre of highly trained and accomplished coordinators and facilitators who utilised an effective combination of theoretical training with practical application of the skills learned.

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