Music. Dancing. Fun in the sun. That’s how the Southeast Schools’ Steelpan Festival 2015 can be described. The festival which was held on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at the Mayaro Government Primary School Grounds, brought together primary and secondary schools from Mayaro, Guayaguayare and environs in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Hosted by National Energy for the second consecutive year, the festival showcased the musical talent of students in the southeast region.
The day’s activities began with the national anthem played on pan by Joshua Bruce of Mayaro Government Primary, followed by an opening prayer. National Energy’s Vice President, Operations – Mrs. Marleen Lord-Lewis welcomed participants and supporters and officially opened the festival. Brief remarks were also given by Mr. Andrew Salvador on behalf of Pan Trinbago who provided adjudication for the competition. Principal of Mayaro Government Primary, Mr. Andy Paul spoke on behalf of the schools, congratulating National Energy on the initiative and thanking the company for its continued interest and investment in the community.
MC for the day, Mr. Kiegan Bharat made special mention of the sponsor companies – The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC), Phoenix Park Gas Processors (PPGPL), Massy Wood Group Limited, Coastal Dynamics Limited, Hydro Tech Limited and Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (PETROTRIN) – who came on board to provide T-shirts, tents and branding for their respective schools.
Four (4) primary schools that took part in the competition - Mayaro Government Primary, Guayaguayare R.C., St. Thomas R.C and Mafeking Government Primary – and two (2) secondary schools – Manzanilla Government Secondary and Mayaro Government Secondary.
This year, the primary category proved to be a keenly contested affair as Mafeking Government lifted their standard of performance to dethrone last year’s winners, Mayaro Government. Mayaro Government Secondary however, proved too strong for newcomers, Manzanilla Government Secondary who had to settle for second place. Judging from the scenes of jubilation that followed the announcement of the results, it is clear that the students have embraced this event as their own brand of “Panorama”.
National Energy is pleased to support the development of young musicians in the southeast region and we look forward to hosting the next edition of the Southeast Schools’ Steelpan Festival in 2016.