PAN-JUMBIE

All-female band takes in men

TT – After being an all-female band for the last three years, Platinum Steel Orchestra has opened its doors to male pan players.

Band leader Lauren Pierre said, “It was difficult to get female players to come to the panyard at Upper Sixth Avenue Malick, Barataria, so we decided to forego the all-female idea.”

The new-look band opened the Eastern Region 2020 National Panorama Preliminary Single Pan competition on Thursday evening. Chairman of the Eastern Region Anthony Walker welcomed everyone before Dejohn Cain played the national anthem.

The band played a Brandon “Shoes” Johnson’s arrangement of Coleen Ella and Taxi’s 1987 song Johnny.

The second band of the evening was San Juan All Stars at 20 Second Street, San Juan.

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