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them. This is all what the "C" cat-
egory of the three pan exam set pieces
is all about...local compositions pro-
moting pan literacy.
As for my percussionists, I am very
proud of them. Most having no per-
cussion at the elementary or secondary
school level, I have to take them from
point A to Z very quickly. I am so proud
of the fact that I can boost about three
of my percussion majors getting schol-
arships to study percussion at the mas-
ters level abroad. That means we are
doing something very right here at UWI
and that all of the music faculty should
be complimented for their success.
What is/are your current and future
Pan history and research has always
been very important to me and my col-
leagues (Kim Johnson, Ray Funk, Andy
Martin, to name a few). I began
researching for the 75 Years of Invaders
Steelband 25 years ago, beginning the
process by doing interviews with pan
pioneers back as early as 1989. Ray
Funk joined into the project in the last
five or more years to help collect data.
The importance of the 350-page
Invader s book is the fact that many of
the stories would now be lost as many
historic members have passed away.
Additionally, many photographs were
shared during numerous interviews.
With the assistance of many pan elders,
now fallen, the book is an accurate
account of the history of steelband as
seen through the eyes of Invaders. The
book has been completed and is ready
to go to print but now seems to be on
hold as Rubadiri Victor has tried to
assist us through the Ministry of Cul-
ture to obtain the required funding for
its printing and distribution. We have
been told that funds would be released
so we are anxiously waiting. Before
that, Caribbean Airlines were hot on
the trail to assist financially with the
printing and launch, but we are not
sure what is happening as so many
hands have changed. We are still hope-
ful they will assist. The manager of
Invaders, Michael Dinchong, was given
the book in hopes that it would be sold
in the panyard and become a main item
to help promote cultural heritage...
especially with the International Con-
ference and Panorama (ICP) around
Archiving steelpan newspaper clip-
pings over the years has been another
My next project with Ray Funk is a
book on steelbands from south
Trinidad. We have already began the
research and with the assistance of Pan
Trinbago South (kudos to David Balbosa
and Michael Joseph) who are allowing
us to use their conference room for
Who were the people who have
influenced you the most in your career
and life in general and how did they?
I would have to say this would be
people like Al O Connor, Cliff Alexis,
Ray Holman, Andy Narell and many,
many pan elders who were so generous
in sharing their stories on their role in
What goals and/or ambitions do
you still have in the areas of the steel-
Any pan arranger would say "win a
Panorama!" but for me, mainly to bring
the joy of music in the hearts of any
What are some of your favourite
pieces of Trini music?
I love listening to vintage soca...like
listening to 107.7 Soca Train on Satur-
day! But one has something to learn
by listening to all kinds of Trini music.
That is a hard question. My favourite
arrangers are Ray Holman, Boogsie
Sharpe and Clive Bradley. This year I
really liked Ducking and Vagabond.
What other information about
yourself would you like to share with
My most memorable moments as
steelband conductor were in 2000 with
Invaders and conducting Toco Band
while being about six months pregnant.
The other was conducting Hatters in
2002 with a piece called 911 when the
audience gave us a very long standing
ovation and recently, 2013, the ensemble
category of the Pan Is Beautiful in Napa.
Of course, conducting Bust Your Win-
dows for the Pan in the 21st Century
was also a blast.
This year, I really enjoyed playing
Chuku Chuku/Denise Belfon with Hat-
ters in Skinner Park. That performance
was top notch and regardless of what
the rating was, we really performed
and had a good time.
Describe yourself in two words, one
beginning with J, the other with R,
I don t know about the J part, but
the R for sure is rebellious. When I left
my last job in Idaho to move to Trinidad
my colleagues thought I was crazy.
They asked me why would I move to
a third world country with enough pan
players and arrangers already. I just
smiled and waved goodbye to them.
From page B3
Enamoured by the
Teacher, player, arranger, writer...
Dr Jeannine Remy
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