Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony

Pan Trinbago will celebrate the 27th Anniversary since the declaration of the steelpan as the national musical instrument of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with a series of activities marking this auspicious occasion during Steelband Month, this August.

On the calendar are a wide variety of scheduled events including a church service this Sunday (August 18) at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Queen Street in Port-of-Spain with the blessing of the steelpan, members and steelband flags. Trinity All Generation Steel (TAGS) and Daniel Gulston will perform during the service which starts at 8 am. This will be followed by a parade from the church to Pan Trinbago’s head office on Duke and Melbourne Streets, Port of Spain, where the festivities will continue.

Five days later, steelpan enthusiasts can look forward to the signal event titled, “Pan Sweet Pan… The Solidarity Concert” featuring twelve popular Single Pan Bands and conventional steel orchestras in Trinidad and Tobago takes place on Saturday August 24, at MHTL Starlift’s House of Music, Christopher Samuel Drive, Mucurapo.  Admission is $100.

There is the historical component, too.  “Conversations with The Pioneers” is the title of that event advertised to take place on August 29 at the Trinidad All Stars Pan Theatre, Duke Street, Port of Spain, from 6 pm. Attendees will be treated to performances by a Tambo Bamboo Band and drumming as well oral contributions by several pan elders and an exhibition mounted by the Success Laventille Networking Committee (SLNC).

Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra

As the month continues, supporting events such as Laventille Steelband Festival on August 17 Carifesta XIV’s “Pan and Powder Festival” (August 21), Pan Pinnacle (August 22), and Pan on D’Avenue Steel and Brass (August 31) staged by the Woodbrook/St James Community Association will take centre stage.

There was a boat ride earlier this month called, “So Long We Ain’t Cruise” aboard The Top Cat, organised by the Northern Region. On August 25, the Eastern Region takes the spotlight with the presentation titled “Pan for the People.” Venue is Carl’s Big Yard, Coal Mine Village.

National Junior Panorama

Independence brunches and after parade jams to be held at various panyards, will bring the curtain down on August 31. Some of these include Newtown Playboys’ Annual Independence Brunch and Street Festival on Tragerate Road and Woodford Street, Newtown, from 12 noon, Starlift’s Independence Day Brunch, Christopher Samuel Drive, Mucurapo, which starts two hours earlier and Shell Invaders Independence Brunch at the panyard, Tragerate Road. The latter starts 7am.

Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore, centre, shares a photo-call with Masaya Alexis, left, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Yuko Asada, wife of the late Dr Clifford Alexis and Akua Leith. Occasion was a memorial hosted by Pan Trinbago for Dr Clifford Alexis on August 2, at Theatre 1, National Academy for the Performing Arts, Trinidad and Tobago. PHOTO: SEAN NERO/STEELPANAUTHORITY.COM

Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore launched pan month on August 2 with the Dr. Clifford Alexis Memorial Tribute, at Theatre 1, UTT NAPA Campus, on Keate Street, Port-of-Spain.

The steelpan was declared the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago on August 31, 1992.

1 Dr Clifford Alexis Memorial Friday August 02, 2019 Theatre1 UTT NAPA Campus 2:00 PM
2 Church Service Sunday August 04, 2019 Scarborough R.C. Church 8.00 am
3 Boat Ride – So Long We Ain’t Cruise Saturday August 10, 2019 Black Jack Marina 2:00 PM
4 Pan Program – Steelpan Month Hosted by Vanessa Headley Sunday August 11, 2109 WACK 90.1fm Coffee St. S’do 5:00 PM
5 Laventille Steelband Festival Saturday August 17, 2019 Eastern Main Road 4:00 PM
6 Church Service Sunday August 18, 2019 Trinity Cathedral Abercomby Street, POS 8:00 AM
7 Steelpan Appreciation Day Sunday August 18, 2019 Pan Trnbago Head Office Duke & Melbourne Sts, POS 12:00 Noon
8 Pan & Powder Festival Carifesta XIV Wednesday August 21, 2019 City Hall, to Grand Market 5:00 PM – Queen’s Park Savannah, POS 10:00 pm
9 Pan Pinnacle – Carifesta XIV Thursday August 22, 2019 Massy T’dad All Stars Pan Yard Duke Street, POS 7:00 PM $100.
10 Pan Sweet Pan- The Solidarity Concert Saturday August 24, 2019 Starlift House of Music Christopher Samuel Dr. Mucurapo 5:00 PM $100
11 Pan For the People Sunday August 25, 2019 Carl’s Big Yard, Coal Mine 4:00 PM
12 Conversation with The Pioneers Thursday August 29, 2019 Trinidad All Stars Pan Theatre Duke Street. POS 6:00 PM
13 MHTL Starlift Independence Day Brunch Saturday August 31, 2019 Starlift House of Music Christopher Samuel Dr. Mucurapo 11:00 AM $200.(brunch) $ 75. (Door)
14 Newtown Playboys Independence Brunch & Street Festival Saturday August 31, 2019 Newtown Playboys Pan Yard Tragerete Rd & Woodford St. 6:00 AM
15 Shell Invaders Independence Brunch Saturday August 31, 2019 Shell Invaders Pan Yard Tragerete Road, Newtown 7:00 AM
16 Pan On D’Avenue, Steel & Brass Saturday August 31, 2019 Ariapita Avenue, W/Brook 6:00 PM