The young pan players of Cayman Prep and High School were celebrating on Thursday, 8 November as they won both the Primary and Junior sections of the annual Pirates Week Steel Pan Competition.
The event was held on Harbour Drive and drew such a large crowd that organizers were consistently forced to ask the excited audience to step back and allow the players room to breathe.
Spirits were high amongst the players as was the standard of playing from all groups, including a special guest appearance from new adult pan group, Pan People.
In the Primary division, Cayman Prep’s Panjammers just edged out the very talented youngsters of Prospect Primary. The Junior section was also a very close contest, with Cayman Prep and High’s Prep Pantastic gaining the most points from the three judges ahead of Grace Academy’s Grace All Stars and the excellent St. Ignatius. All the bands featured great playing as well as some funky dance moves and it was obvious that the kids had all worked incredibly hard to learn the songs and refine the craft. Although it was a competition, every single player came out with great credit as budding masters of the quintessential Caribbean instrument.
The seniors section was won by Cayman School For Pan’s Panoramers, who beat off the challenge of the excellent UCCI Pandemix to win the crown.
It was a tuneful, exciting and welcoming beginning to Pirates Week 2012, with all ages in attendance from babes in arms to their grandparents and great-grandparents. And, yes, the pirates did turn up midway through, as if to give the event their blessing.