SVGPA sponsors steel pan orchestra
June 24, 2011
SVGPA sponsors steel pan orchestra

Just in time for its participation in the upcoming Junior Panorama competition, a local steelband received sponsorship from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority (SVGPA).{{more}}

On Friday, June 17, members of the band, now known as the Port Authority Genesis Steel Orchestra, accepted new t-shirts and pan sticks – which band leader Delano Bristol asserted would “boost the morale of the young players”.

Bristol, who expressed a deep gratitude for the timely gesture, said: “The band will do its best to maintain discipline, quality music and good conduct of members.”

SVGPA Port Manager Bishen John said that the entity is always looking for ways in which it can assist the nation – especially its youth.

“This is our part that we can do to make this programme go further; to… ensure the future of our country,” said John.

The band, which is part of the ‘Pan Against Crime’ initiative, came to the SVGPA’s attention when it performed at a staff dinner in February 2011.

Edwin Snagg, SVGPA chairman, described the band as having a “rich and beautiful sound”.

“The Port Authority is willing to play its role in the upliftment of pan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” assured Snagg.

In brief remarks, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Lenroy Brewster acknowledged that the nation’s youth are often involved in “deviance”, but firmly believes that the ‘Pan Against Crime’ initiative is helping to combat the issue by “keeping young people away from crime”.

Brewster added that the initiative introduces discipline to young people’s lives, and helps steer them away from criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. He also urged Vincentian youth to “stay focused”, and encouraged other entities to get involved in initiative that foster youth development.

Charmane Tappin-John, manager of SVGPA Corporate Affairs, delivered the vote of thanks. (JV)