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Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Joan Rampersad - TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Pan with the Saints a resounding success

The inaugural “Pan With The Saints,” presented by the Organising Committee of St Mary’s College 150th Anniversary celebrations was a resounding success on Sunday. The event was one of several to mark the College’s Sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Arrival of The Holy Ghost Fathers in this country and also the Founding of St Mary’s College.

On Sunday pan lovers were promised 150 minutes of pan music at its best from five of the top steelbands in the land that have deep roots in St Mary’s College, and the St Mary’s College Pan Ensemble. That they got at the school grounds from selected bands birdsong, Witco Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, Republic Bank Exodus, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and White Oak Starlift Steel Orchestra.  From the word go, patrons, comprising a number of the College’s past students including Ernest Pereira who founded CIC’s first steelband, St Joseph of Cluny sisters and pan afficionados knew they were in for grand evening of sweet pan music.

First up was the CIC band which delivered a repertoire that was arranged by music teacher Michelle Marfan-Urquhart and ace pannist Ray Holman. They pleasantly surprised many in the crowd.The Ensemble opened with “God Bless our Nation” sung by past student Luke Silva, then continued with two South American tango selections, followed by Holman’s “Sapna (the Dream)”, a Stevie Wonder medley, and closed with Merchant’s (Dennis Franklyn Williams) “Barataria Sweet” and “Taxi Talk.”

 

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