Scherzando School of Music students on promotional tour
By Monique Washington
Anguilla comes alive this weekend when the Scherzando School of Music Steel Pan Ensemble performs during a promotional tour during “Anguilla Day.”
Twelve pan players between the ages of 16 to 25 in the Nevisian Steel Pan Ensemble group travelled to Anguilla on Thursday to participate in weekend festivities. According to Rohan Claxton, co-owner of the group, the tour was a collaborative effort between the band and the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School’s tutor for their Steel Orchestra in Anguilla.
“We want to be part of the celebration, promote our band and promote steel pan,” Claxton said. “We teamed up to have a promotional tour, promote steelpan in Anguilla and at the same time promote the band.”
“This trip will be an avenue to showcase the talents of the students in the band,” Claxton explained. “This will be the band’s second trip, last year they travelled to St. Martin to perform during Grand Slingers Steel Pan Festival, “Pan Revolution.”
Claxton said the ensemble is invited to attend next year’s 50th anniversary of the Leeds Carnival in England.
The Scherzando School of Music, which opened eight years ago, teaches students to play a variety of instruments, steel pan, guitar, piano and drums. The school is the only facility in the Federation that offers comprehensive music training. It offers students classes to prepare to apply for the Associated Boards Royal Schools of Music Certification. The school also provides classes for students to study music theory and aural training and sit for Caribbean Examinations Council examinations.
In other recent activities, the Scherzando School of Music Steel Pan Ensemble took first place in the Basil Manners Steel Pan Competition held during the 2015 Culturama, beating their competitors in three categories. In the 2015 the ensemble placed third in the National Carnival Steel Pan Competition in St. Kitts.
“On this trip we are going to enjoy ourselves and have fun,” Claxton concluded.