Robert’s steel pans help ease stress for Covid-19 test takers

BM – Chances are, if you have been stuck in a queue outside Perot Post Office waiting to get tested for Covid-19, you’ll have heard Robert Symons play.

He has been there with his steel pans since June, performing four days a week. The 70-year-old is certain his calypso and pop tunes help ease some of the stress brought on by the pandemic.

“Standing in line doesn’t help,” he said. “A lot of people have young kids. The kids can stand in line for about 30 seconds before getting antsy.

“People get into the groove. The music is not overbearing; it is nice and mellow. Everything just comes together.”

With the opportunity to perform live clipped by gathering limits it gives him a reason to practice.

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