Steel Pan students indulge by the sea

POSTED: 07/13/12 11:57 AM

Isidore ‘The Mighty Dow’ York poses with a restaurant patron while young people from this year’s Dow Musical Foundation Steel Pan Summer Workshop enjoy their lunch at Divi Little Bay Resort’s Toucan Restaurant.

St. Maarten – More than 130 participants of this year’s Dow Musical Foundation Steel Pan Summer Workshop were treated to buffet lunch at Divi Little Bay Resort’s Toucan Restaurant. The event took place on Thursday – approximately one week before the three week summer camp ends. The children from age six years and older dined in the seaside eatery for almost three hours with coordinators and resort staff having their hands full, attending to their miniature guests.  Some of the children were no strangers to Divi having performed in a Steel Pan orchestra there recently.

“I feel very appreciative that they are being treated in this manner by the resort. It is a good gesture from the hotel and the foundation because we are constantly looking at ways and means of doing something for our youngsters,” workshop coordinator Isidore ‘The Mighty Dow’ York said.

He added that the summer activity is being considered as a workshop and not just an ordinary camp because of the concentration sessions involved.

“We do our best to preserve the art form of music and the continuity of the Steel Pan on the island.”

Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at Divi Dylan Williams said, “We have always enjoyed working with Mr. Dow in the past and when we heard of the camp we were ready to get onboard. The chef was shocked to know that we would be catering to 130 kids. It’s a lot of work but the kitchen staff was very happy to know that we were contributing in this way to the positive development of children.”

Jaheem Doram, 9 years old, said “I am so stuffed after eating this lunch, I can’t wait to go home and relax.” The youngster also admitted that he loves playing the Steel Pan, especially a Caribbean rendition of Yankee Doodle.

10 year old Kiara Meyers stated that this was not the first time that she had visited Divi Little Bay Resort. The company of the workshop participants made it even more memorable.

“I love knowing that I can be with my friends all summer at the Steel Pan workshop,” an adorable Genesis Meyers added.

This was the first time participating in the Steel Pan workshop for Salomi Richardson, who is originally from Holland.

“I learnt how to play C scale and G scale as well as Barney, Yankee Doodle and I Love My Life but I like Yankee Doodle most of all.”

On July 27, the advanced students of the Ebony Steel Orchestra will also be entertaining guests of the Divi Little Bay Resort as part of a $24.95 buffet special. They are expected to play jazz classical, soca and reggae pieces.

Regular steelpan classes will resume in September at the John Larmonie Centre with the Dow Musical Foundation expressing the hope that students will continue studies for the mastering of the steel pan. York urged the business sector to invest in community development initiatives, the arts and culture.

“They can scrutinize us and see what we are all about, if we can get support month by month I think we would be able to do an even better job with the children.”

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