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Pan prodigy needs monetary
assistance for music studies
Twenty-three year old Aviel Scanterbury is
considered by some to be a musical prodigy with
a string of credentials that belie his young age.
A graduate of the music programme at the University
of the West Indies (UWI), Scanterbury's skills as a pan
player are impressively matched by his accomplish-
ments as a steelband arranger and important work in
collaboration with musicians covering a wide variety
of musical instruments and genres.
In a few weeks, at the end of a so-far bumpy financial
road, Scanterbury leaves these shores in pursuit of a
Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the George Mason
University in Virginia, USA.
Last Panorama season, he took Arima Angel Harps
to the semifinals of the 2017 Panorama competition
in the medium band category, as one of the youngest
arrangers in the mix.
The band played Voice's Far from Finished as a vir-
tual statement on the young arranger's ambitions in
the field of music.
Last Saturday, the band hosted Supporting Excellence
in support of Scanterbury's fund-raising drive to make
the move to George Mason.
Stage-side bands such as Suave Steel, LH Pan Acade-
my and Betaudier Pan Academy joined with Adan Hagley
and Band and calypsonian Chucky to deliver a delightful
evening of music in the open-air setting of the Angel
Harps panyard along the Eastern Main Road.
Yet, despite the proceeds of the concert together with
$50,000 from government's Sport and Culture Fund and
other smaller fund-raising projects the young musician
remains considerably short of the $600,000 bill he will
face for the two-year programme.
T&T Guardian interviewed Scanterbury on his vision
for pan music in the coming years and the role he sees
"At the end of the day," he said, "the world is changing,
the music is changing, the people are evolving and the
technology is advancing at a rapid pace."
The former Trinity East student should know. His mu-
sical confidants and friends jam regularly with sessions
involving instruments from the violin to the saxophone,
playing jazz, calypso, blues, R&B, classical and pop.
He believes that innovation is what is needed to move
pan music forward. "Somehow," he argues, "the steelpan
fraternity hasn't been able to fully come up to the times
with the rest of the world musically."
"Bands are still going to panorama with tunes from
yesteryear and arrangements from certain bands sound
the same year after year all because of this thing called
a panorama winning formula."
He says, as a result, so-called "pan tunes" sound the
same "all the time."
"For a long time the creativity has been lost at Pano-
rama and bands that dare to push the envelope of cre-
ativity and really try to capture the imagination of the
crowd and judges are almost instantaneously rejected,"
He however adds that "the steelband fraternity has
been more welcoming to the idea of younger arrangers
within the past few years and what I can say is that we
the new generation of arrangers have a lot to offer by
way of transforming the music."
"I know for me especially that I am always trying
to improve from the following year not just in result
but in the level of musicality," he said. "I always try to
"There are numerous and countless musical concepts
that we as arrangers are not tapping into," Scanterbury
said. "What has gone before has already worked but it is
time for us as arrangers to look for the next best thing."
"We have to create our own legacy and try to push the
boundaries of Panorama music while still keeping it in
the spirit of Carnival and with more and more young
arrangers coming to the mix, it's only a matter of time."
Two years from now, hopefully, Scanterbury will re-
sume his role in creating this new legacy for pan music
• Scanterbury can be reached at 772-2279 with more
ideas on how he can make it to George Mason.
Aviel Scanterbury needs significant funds to pay for his
postgraduate studies in jazz at George Mason
University in the US. PHOTO: WESLEY GIBBINGS
set for next spring
Former FBI Director James
Comey has a book deal.
Flatiron Books told The Associ-
ated Press yesterday that Comey
is writing a book about leadership
and decision making that will draw
upon his career in government.
Comey will write about experi-
ences that made him the FBI's
best-known and most contro-
versial FBI head in recent times,
from his handling of the bureau's
probe into Hillary Clinton's pri-
vate email server to allegations of
ties between Russia and Donald
Trump's presidential campaign.
Trump fired Comey in May and
soon after told NBC News that he
was angered by the FBI's inves-
tigation into "this Russia thing
with Trump and Russia," which
he called a fake story. Comey has
since testified before Congress
that Trump asked him to end an
investigation into former National
Security Adviser Michael T Flynn
and kept memos about his meet-
ings with the president.
According to Flatiron, Comey
will cite "examples from some of
the highest-stakes situations in
the past two decades of American
government" and "share yet-un-
heard anecdotes from his long and
The book is currently untitled
and scheduled for publication next
"Throughout his career, James
Comey has had to face one difficult
decision after another as he has
served the leaders of our country,"
Flatiron Publisher and President
Bob Miller said in a statement. "His
book promises to take us inside
those extraordinary moments in
our history, showing us how these
leaders have behaved under pres-
sure. By doing so, Comey will give
us unprecedented entry into the
corridors of power, and a remark-
able lesson in leadership itself."
Comey was represented by
Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn
of Javelin. Financial terms were
not disclosed, but several pub-
lishers bid for the book and three
officials with knowledge of the ne-
gotiations said the auction topped
US$2 million. The officials asked
not to be identified because were
not authorised to discuss the book.
During the 2016 presidential
campaign, Comey was twice at the
center of news involving the FBI's
investigation of whether Clinton,
the Democratic candidate, broke
any laws when she used a private
email server while secretary of
Comey was appointed as FBI di-
rector by President Barack Obama
in 2013. On Tuesday, the Senate
confirmed his successor, Chris-
topher Wray, a former high-rank-
ing official in President George W
Bush's Justice Department who
oversaw investigations into cor-
porate fraud. (AP)
Former FBI director James Comey
has a book deal. Comey will write
about everything from allegations
of ties between Russia and Donald
Trump’s presidential campaign to
the bureau’s investigation into
Hillary Clinton’s use of a private
email server. AP PHOTO
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