During Carnival season, Public Affairs organized several cultural programs related to the steel pan in support of ICS goal “outreach to at-risk youths.”
Americans Dr. Anthony Hailey, professor of music at Tidewater Community College and director of Mosaic Steel Orchestra, coached the Sangre Grande based Cordettes steel orchestra, lending life skills through pan.
Students from Southern Illinois University played with Petrotrin Hatters steel orchestra, which is made up of disadvantaged youths from depressed southern areas in TT.
And Dr. Anthony Martin, Professor of Music at Inver Hills College, Minnesota, delivered a series of lectures on steel pan music in the U.S. including the history of the now-defunct U.S. Navy steel band.
The programs aim to develop life skills such as teamwork, self-expression and discipline to help youths make better life choices. Many Americans play pan with steel bands including Silver Stars and Birdsong during the Carnival season.