UK NATIONAL STEELBAND PANORAMA 2019 ROUNDUP - PAN NATION STEEL ORCHESTRA
Pan Nation Steel Band was founded in 2009 and has been running now for over ten years, the band has grown into a 30+player force of technically skilled young musicians. The band performs regularly at events ranging from Tottenham Hotspurs matches, to Leeds Carnival, to the London Lord Mayor's Show. In their repertoire, they explore a wide variety of genres (as well as our roots in Soca), which just goes to show the amazing diversity of the steelpan instrument.
They have also participated in the British Association of Steelbands’ (BAS) Pan Explosion and Junior Steelband Panorama competitions.
Chris won the 2009 BAS Pan Explosion Under 25s category with Pantasia Steel Orchestra.
He then went on with Pan Nation to win the Over 26s category in 2015 and they also came 3rdin the under 25s category. They captured second place in the 2017 Pan Explosion competition. Pan Nation also attained 2ndplace in the BAS/CAPCA 2017 Junior Steelband Panorama.
Kimarné Henry, one of their cello players stated, “Pan Nation is a family, and that makes playing pan even more of a special experience.”
This year, Pan Nation will be competing at the UK National Steelband Panorama competition for the first time.
Their Panorama band will be made up of one hundred players.
Manager: Chris Storey
Arranger: Chris Storey
Captain: Maisha Adams-Amalemba.
Tuner: Grafton Yearwood
Tune of Choice: Iron Love composed by Lord Shorty, Nailah Blackman, Anson Soverall and Mical Teja Williams.
Chris Storey has instilled a true sense of togetherness coupled with his musicality and is never afraid to push the musical boundaries to achieve the best from his players and the band as a whole.
He is greatly respected and well loved by all members of his band including their avid Fan Nation followers and for those who have heard his musical compositions/renditions played at BAS Pan Explosion and Junior Steelband Panorama competitions and elsewhere will know that Pan Nation is definitely a band to watch in this year’s competition. They could prove to be the dark horse in this musical race.
Pan Nation can be contacted on the following email address: PAN.NATIONUK@GMAIL.COM
There are six steelbands vying for the title this year, Mangrove – the reigning champions, Ebony, Metronomes, CSO, Pan Nation and Phase One.
The event is hosted by NHC/BAS, and will be held on the 24thAugust 2019 at the Emslie Horiman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10.
The gates open at 6:00p.m. and the competition starts at 7:00p.m.
Tickets are available online @ nhcarnival.org/panorama or from the Tabernacle 35 Powis Square off Portobello Road, London, W11 2AY.
Children 16 and under - £3
Free for Under 5s
Please note that tickets increase in price on the day at the gates.
All ticket sales will be passed onto the competing steelbands helping to directly support their presence at the Notting Hill Carnival.