The Fall Steel Drums Concert performed to a packed house inside the Eagle Dome on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The three steel drums classes performed a variety of music ranging from island favorites to classic rock. In addition to the music, the event featured a special mini-film screening of the documentary "Panomundo Part 2: Pan Worldwide," with the co-producer Charysse Tia Harper leading a Q & A after the film. This was the first time Panomundo had been screened at a high school in the United States. The film highlighted the use of steel drums in different parts of the USA and Japan, and was a great way to see how the instrument is used around the country and the world. It showcased several steel drum players, arrangers, builders, and tuners from the two countries.
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Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan (2015; 42 mins). A look at the history of the Steelpan (steel drum) from its inception in Trinidad and Tobago until gaining international recognition at the Festival of Britain in 1951. It features interviews from the late Dr. Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Dr. Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, to name a few.
Part 2: Pan Worldwide (2018; 85 mins). From the innovative minds of the people from Trinidad & Tobago to the ends of the world! “Panomundo Part 2: Pan Worldwide,” is the follow up to “Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan," which showcases the global influence of the steelpan in Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
Producer Charysse Tia Harper was born and raised in California. She is of Trinidadian descent and has focused three projects on topics of that culture: award-winning The Other Side of Carnival, T&T 50 in Fifteen, and Panomundo: Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan and Part 2: Pan Worldwide. Her award-winning documentary, 12 Months, has been in over 15 film festivals and shown in 12 countries. She currently resides in New Jersey.