Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 14th 2015 Contents The band's repertoire is vast, ranging from
calypso to rap to rock as well as soca creating
an infectious and danceable sound likely to
appeal to younger audiences.
Later during the course of the International
Conference and Panorama proper, issues sur-
rounding youth and pan were again a common
focus of many presentations. The Music Lit-
eracy Trust panel included an impassioned
presentation by Jenny Lee on the City Angels,
the growing programme in southeast Port-
of-Spain. Lee discussed the ability of the pro-
gram to change the lives of both the children
and the families participating in the program
by enrolling in the classes that teach pan, tra-
ditional instruments, music theory, and life
Trinidadian now living in Australia Denis
Gonzalez inspired the conference attendees
while describing excitement of primary school
children in Sydney, Australia learning to play
pan. Salah Wilson described his efforts with
Salah's Steelpan Academy which operates out-
side the school system in Montreal to bring
pan to youth.
Paul Massy and Josephine Torrel described
the massive effort in recent years with the
Pan in the Classroom programme to work
toward getting more and more instruments
in schools across T&T. Sat Sharma from UWI
noted that the technology is helping his stu-
dents learn pan and noted in an aside that
one of his recent students was able to practice
a pan piece on her iPad with a digital pan app
for her exam.
Dr Anthony Hailey leads educational steel-
band programs in relation to his Mosaic Steel
Orchestra in Virginia and offered evidence of
his steelband programme making significant
changes for the better in his students, the
"The Positive Propensity of Pan." Hailey noted
that the teenage years are periods of high stress
and when youth are susceptible to forces good
and bad. Pan is a proven vehicle to help shape
youth by becoming part of a steel orchestra.
Through ensemble communication, building
of memory, increasing a youth's ability to stay
on task, deal with complex challenges, the
youth can develop mental flexibility and coor-
dination, increase self-esteem, and understand
how to work together.
In his summary of the youth forum pre-
sented at the end of the International Con-
ference and Panorama Pan Trinbago president
Keith Diaz proclaimed, "Pan Trinbago is look-
ing after the youth." A sentiment shared by
Asia Richardson, a delegate selected to report
on the youth perspective of attendees of the
After reporting on the activities and take-
aways of the day, Richardson issued a call to
arms stating, "Don't forget that the youth
have a voice that need to be heard!" Pepe
Francis of Ebony Steelband of London later
noted, "after seeing Ms Richardson on stage
today, I know that is where the future lies!"
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Some of the young people who attended Pan Trinbago's Youth Empowerment session at UWI.
'Youth have a voice that need to be heard'
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