Steel pan is flourishing, but it needs money – Khan Cordice

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The Musical Director of the steel band that won the 2017 Panorama competition feels that while the steel pan art form is flourishing, it will not survive without the money that it needs.
Khan Cordice did the arrangement for the Flow Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra – the band that swept to victory in Friday night’s Panorama competition playing King Obstinate’s song “Jumpy”. The second runner-up in the competition was the Gemonites Steel Orchestra while the Halcyon Steel Orchestra placed first runner-up.
Cordice told OBSERVER media he wanted to see more community involvement and private sector contribution to steel bands in Antigua & Barbuda, adding that the government cannot be expected to fund everything.

Cordice also said that the art form should be seen as a means of making money through professional recording, arranging, and performances. He argues that this will allow the steel pan players and arrangers to support themselves by catering to the audience for pan music.

The musical director said he is happy to see many young people joining steel bands. Meanwhile, Hells Gate’s Captain Veron Henry told OBSERVER media he was grateful to the band’s youthful players who battled not only in Friday night’s competition, but for the two months of practice leading up to the night. Hell’s Gate was beaten into third place in 2016 and came to the 2017 competition looking to regain the coveted title of Panorama champions.

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