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St Paul’s Anglican scores Pan For Blue beaver trick

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Winners of the Pan for Blue title, St Paul’s Anglican Primary School. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL

For the fourth consecutive year, St Paul’s Anglican Primary School has won the coveted Pan For Blue title.

The San Fernando School boys beat out nine other bands in the Primary School competition, held at the Coronation Park, Point Fortin, last Friday. The competition, now in its 17th year, emerged as part of the Borough celebrations in tribute to one of its sons of the soil, Austin “Superblue” Lyons. Each band was asked to play a selection from his vast repertoire.

Over the years, the competition has been dedicated to other Point Fortin performers, including SuperBlue’s daughter Fay-Ann Lyons, Iwer George, Preacher and the late Mighty Duke. This year the honour was bestowed on Morel Peters, calypsonian Luta, who attended the event and performed for the school children and guests.

St Paul’s Anglican performing a Curtis Jones arrangement of Luta’s ‘Tassamania’, amassed a total of 30 points to make it a beaver trick.

In second place, with a total of 24 points, was five time champion, Edinburgh Government Primary, which also performed a Curtis Jones arrangement of Woi Yo. Siparia Police Youth Club, performing a Steffon Thomas arrangement of Pack Up Your Things and Go earned 15 points to secure third place.

San Fernando Girls’ Anglican, dressed as lawyers with white wigs and brown robes, to complement their selection Law and Justice, placed fourth, while Point Fortin RC’s performance of Hang Dem earned them the fifth spot.

The Pan For Blue committee, also gave appreciation awards to two young pan players—Vanessa Headley and Akinola Sennon—who came through the ranks of the competition and have now made it big on the international scene.

Headley, who is pursuing her MA in Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK, placed first in the Caribbean at CSEC Music and is an honours graduate in Musical Arts at UWI. She also earned the first Steelpan Major scholarship winner at Berklee College, where she is a member of the Music All Star Funk Fusion Band and is a founding member of Golden Hands Steel Orchestra, for which she has been composing, arranging and performing.

Sennon is the Executive and Musical Director of Petrotrin Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra, a member of the Pan/Jazz Fusion ensemble Coal Pot Band. He has performed internationally and with the likes of renowned South African artiste Hugh Masekela.


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