Tourists get a taste of pan

Young steel pan players brought an extra taste of the Caribbean to visiting cruise ship tourists in George Town last week.

Musicians from the Cayman Prep and High School steel pan band Pantastic were raising money to fund a trip to Toronto later this month when they and other players from UCCI Pandemix and Panoramers will be taking part in the Pan Alive Steel Band Competition.

The competition is part of the annual Caribana Festival – based on Trinidad’s Carnival – which will be held in the Canadian city from 26 July to 8 August.

The local bands have been training with pan legend Earl La Pierre and when they get to Toronto, they will join forces with Afro Pan to compete in the Pan Alive contest. Afro Pan has won the competition 28 times and will be defending champions this year.

The trip is estimated to cost $12,000 and the players are looking for sponsors and are trying to raise money to fund their participation in the competition. 

The band has been performing at the Crescent in Camana Bay on Friday evenings, and on Thursday last week took its pans to the cruise ship terminal in downtown George Town. The band plans to return again this week.

Raffle tickets to raise money for the trip will also be sold outside selected supermarkets on Saturday.

Steel pan Cayman

Cayman Prep’s Pantastic band members, from left, Nathan Chesney, Dorothy Ojerio and Adam Stoner, entertain tourists at the Royal Watler terminal in George Town. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY

Steel pan Cayman closeup

Hitting the right notes. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY