18 new pan players graduate at Sion Hill
September 14, 2007

18 new pan players graduate at Sion Hill

The Sion Hill community and surrounding areas now have more steel pan players, following the graduation of 18 participants of the Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra summer programme.{{more}}

The new pan players, aged between eight and 14 years, received their certificates at Sunday’s graduation, which took place at the Sion Hill hard court.

A number of senior officials, including Area Representative Arnhim Eustace, Minister of Housing Julian Francis, Culture Minister René Baptiste, and Minister of Youth Glen Beache turned up for the event and heaped high praises on the youngsters for taking part in the programme, as well as the organization, for its sixth edition of the workshop.

The children were encouraged, among other things, to continue playing pan and other art forms, and to refrain from getting involved in illegal activities.

The speakers also called for parents to be more concerned about their children’s lives and to know what activities their children are involved in.

Sunday’s event saw the graduates receiving certificates of participation, and eagerly performing a number of songs on pan, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Also performing were past graduates of the workshop, who rendered poems, dances, skits and, of course, pan music. (JJ)