Diatonic Pan Institute—paving the way for the national instrument

TT – Emerging from an era of notorious steelband violence and existing in epoch of youth criminality and violence, there is a beacon of hope for the youth of Siparia and south Trinidad. Steelband visionary and former Pan Trinbago vice president Keith Byer has formed the Diatonic Pan Institute (DPI), an entity with roots in Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra and one which is quickly placing T&T youth on the global cultural landscape.

The DPI is a registered non-profit organisation, a registered community-based organisation with the Ministry of Community Development, and registered with the National Registry of Artist and Cultural workers with the Ministry of Culture. DPI actually hails from Mary Street, Siparia.

“Diatonic was formed eight years ago and in this short time has performed at functions throughout T&T and made multiple tours,” said PRO Janelle Parris.

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