South Carolina musicians explore pan

TT – A group of musicians from Coastal University South Carolina, USA, several with doctorates, visited TT recently on a familiarisation tour and to learn about pan, the national instrument.

The 13-member group came on the invitation of Trinidad Valley Harps Steel Orchestra from Penal, south Trinidad.

The group visited the Pitch Lake, Gasparee Caves, Maracas Beach, Waterloo (Temple in the Sea) and Tobago. The musicians showed keen interest in the pan as they wanted to learn more about the instrument and the land of its birth.

Pan is not new to them as there is a small steelband at Coastal University, while there are about ten bands throughout South Carolina.

Speaking to Newsday about the recent visit and tour, Trinidad Valley Harps’ PRO Selwyn “Fruits” Williams said, “Last year I was invited to Coastal University to do a workshop and lecture on the steelpan, so this was like a reciprocal visit. These people are anxious to learn about TT and the steelpan.

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