The National Children’s Festival of the Arts took a tuneful turn on 29 April with a special steel pan competition.
The Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay hosted the contest, which was of a high standard.
Cayman Prep and High School eventually took away all the major honours.
The junior band beat John Gray to take the gold and the trophy and the senior band beat John Gray, Grace Christian, UCCI, Cayman School for Pan and St. Ignatius to take the gold and the top trophy. Adam Stoner (senior category) and Britney Ferguson (junior) won their solos, as well taking home both the gold and the trophy for Cayman School for Pan. Britney beat Grace Christian, Clifton Hunter, Red Bay Primary, Prospect Primary and Cayman Academy. Adam defeated Grace Christian.
Lindsey Turnbull, parent of junior Prep band member Emma and senior Prep band member Beth, said that the Cayman Prep students had played the best they have ever performed.
“They really took the standard to a completely different level. They were absolutely electric,” she said. “The students are to be congratulated for their incredible hard work, determination and skill. The bands’ teacher, Mr. Earl La Pierre did a fantastic job in raising the skills of these talented young musicians to such a high level. We can’t wait for next year.”