August 10, 2015: Trinidad and Tobago hosted the first International Conference on Pan (ICP) in Port of Spain from August 4-9, with approximately 500 international scholars, musicians, and pan entrepreneurs and aficionados in attendance.
The Embassy supported ICP with a grant to help with travel costs of three American pan bands: Mosaic Steel Orchestra of Hampton Roads, Virginia; Brooklyn Steel Orchestra; and Pan Coalition of Blue Hill, Maine.
The event included academic papers, business networking, concerts, and a 24 band Panorama competition, won by Massy Trinidad All Stars. Brooklyn Steel Orchestra placed 4th.
Anthony Hailey, leader of the Mosaic Steel Orchestra, delivered a paper on The Positive Propensities of Pan, arguing that steelpan orchestras are a great after-school activity to help at-risk youth avoid crime and drugs and make more positive decisions in their lives.
Dr. Andrew Martin, of Inver Hills College, Minnesota, spoke about the history of the U.S. Navy Steel Band, which was inspired by an admiral’s visit to Trinidad, and spawned a long and productive relationship between the U.S. Navy and the local pan community.