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Published on January 25th, 2017 | by Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Pan Trinbago out of tune

Pan Trinbago has dealt a mortal blow to its image and charter as the world governing body for pan.

The steelband body over the years has moved itself from being the “national” Association of Trinidad and Tobago steelbandsmen to Pan Trinbago, the “world” governing body for pan.

How could an organisation which relies mainly on government subventions, which has no money and does not seem to be able to raise any money, be the world governing body for anything?

Can someone tell us where is the world governing body for piano, guitar, saxophone and trumpet?

There are more of those instruments throughout the world than there are steel pans.

This Pan Trinbago overreach merely serves to inflate the ego of some persons.

The pan was spread mainly by touring steel orchestras and nationals who settled one way or another in foreign lands. For many years steel orchestras were the ones travelling abroad; now it’s the officials who travel more than the bands.

The relationship between the State and organisations such as Pan Trinbago is like that of parents whose financial support to their children did not encourage them to leave the family home, so now the parents are condemned to support those children for life, in spite of the children’s alleged misbehaviour.

It should be viewed as shameful that this world governing body cannot be trusted to collect the gate receipts from their biggest paying event in the “home” of the steelband all because in the midst of all the honest hard-working pan personnel there could well be “scamps” in concert.

 

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