TT – Initially, Sydney Nichols wanted to become a doctor but when she was introduced to the steelpan at the age of seven, those dreams were thrown out the window.
Now, the 11-year-old hopes to one day start her own music school to teach music theory and the steelpan.
Nichols started playing the steelpan as part of the music class at Guaico Presbyterian Primary School.
“I never thought of playing pan before but after I started I didn’t want to stop so I continued with it out of school and I haven’t stopped up to this day.”
She said a few months after she started playing pan, the teacher chose several of her classmates and herself to be part of the Guaico Presbyterian Steel Orchestra to compete at the junior panorama competition. She said at her first finals she was nervous but also very excited and happy to play.