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Youth take over Tripolians steelband
St James Tripolians steel orchestra held its biennial elections, at its panyard, Fort George Road, St James, on August 19, and an new executive was elected for the period September 1, 2013 to 2015.
The band is now led by 23-year-old Hamilton French, with Stefan Mullin, a 14-year-old student of Mucurapo Secondary as his deputy.
The other positions elected at the meeting were Keith JA Simpson (manager/public relations officer); Patrick Ramdoo (secretary/treasurer); and, Gale Franklyn (trustee).
A release from the band said outgoing captain, Ramesh Armaday, did not stand for re-election and the band’s membership expressed gratitude to him and other outgoing officers.
Tripolians have been very busy over the past two months having performed at the Prime Minister’s Best Village Folk Fair; Laventille Pan Parade; six Limacol CPL T20 matches at the Queen’s Park Oval; Woodbrook Community Association’s Pan on De Avenue; and the August 26 Slavery to Emancipation commemoration at the Port-of-Spain Waterfront.
Today, the band will perform at the Renegades Pan Theatre, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, with five other single pan bands, and on Independence Day (tomorrow) returns to the Renegades Theatre on Independence Day to celebrate at Renegades Independence Day brunch.
Tripolians’ annual barbecue and panyard lime will be held on a date to be confirmed in October.
Simpson said this week: “We will also continue our training sessions for the youth of the area in the art of playing the instrument, and also the history development of the pan. Our wish is to have music lessons so that our members will be musically literate.”
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