Steel pans in Toronto festival

A group comprised mostly of
students from the University College of the Cayman Islands represented the
Cayman Islands in Canada at the annual Pan Alive competition held during
Caribana, the largest Caribbean festival in North America, and finished third.

Pandemix as they are known is led
by steel pan impresario Earl La Pierre. They teamed with their host band,
Afropan Steelpan Band, Toronto’s leading steel pan band for the second year,
after also placing third last year in Pan Alive. IAfro Steelpan Band was also
formed by Earl La Pierre, who was presented with an award from the Ontario
Steel Pan Association for his services and contributions to the Toronto
community as founder and leader of Afropan, the oldest and largest steel band
in Toronto. La Pierre formed the group in 1973. They have won the awards for
the best playing steel pan at the Caribana Parade 26 times out of 35 years of

La Pierre also heads up the steel
pan programme at UCCI. Glenn Inanga, a professor at the university who made the
trip along with the youngsters said, “With so many of us on the trip, the
Cayman Islands were very strongly represented in Afropan and our visit to Toronto
was specially acknowledged by the mayor of Toronto, who gave us a tour of City
Hall on 3 August.”

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