The band had their annual election of officers on Saturday May 11 2016, where Cherise Thorne was elected Captain for 2016/17. Kudos to all the out-going executive member for a job well done. The hand-over is listed below.
CAPTAIN: Kadem Knight to CHERISE THORNE
VICE CAPTAIN: Christopher Derrell to GORDON CAMPBELL
EQUIPMENT MANAGER: ROSINI (SHELDON) ROBINSON (re-elected)
TREASURER: Rhodene Watson to SEAN MILTON
SECRETARY: DEANNA TOUSSAINT (re-elected)
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: ROXANNE FLETCHER (re-elected)
ASSISTANT PRO: Valentino Campbell to WESLEY HYLTON
EXEC ASSISTANT: Ronique Powell to AKILAH SYKES
Appointed Positions (unchanged)
WEBMASTER: RORY MITCHELL
MUSIC DIRECTOR: SAMANTHA WILLIAMS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ROSINI ROBINSON
STAFF ADVISER: GILLIAN MASON
Congrats to the new exec!
Published in The Jamaica Gleaner: Wednesday | July 22, 2015 by Shereita Grizzle
In August, steel bands from all over the world will come together in Trinidad as the country plays host to the inaugural staging of the International Panorama Competition. Jamaica will be represented by the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra.
Steel bands will compete against 12 of the host country's best bands in a bid to cop the coveted title of champions at the first ever International Panorama contest. With 'panyard' on the UWI Mona campus, Jamaica's UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra is the longest-running and largest steel band in Jamaica, and is the only band most similar in size, style and function to the medium bands in Trinidad and Tobago.
only band from Jamaica
The 45-player Panoridim band is led by Angela Gay Magnus and they are the only band from Jamaica that will be entering the first staging of the International Panorama Competition, to be held between August 8-9. They will perform a piece by Jamaican arranger, Orane Shaw, titled The 10 Commandments of Pan.
Samantha Williams, assistant musical director and public relations officer for the band, told The Gleaner, that the opportunity is a big deal for all the members, one they are taking very seriously.
"This is a truly an exciting opportunity for the band," she said. "It's a big deal and we're serious about it. It is great that we get to represent our country, and on a stage with some of the best bands in the world. We get to show them that we are the best by competing with the best." Panoridim has competed twice in the World Steelband Festivals hosted in Trinidad, and in 2000, they received a third place trophy for their Quartet entry.
UWI Panoridim is a 26-piece steel orchestra that aims to widen the appreciation and scope of steel pan music in Jamaica and they are hoping that a win would get more and more Jamaicans to join the steel pan movement.
"Winning the competition would be like winning an Olympic medal for us, it's that important," said Williams. "We've noticed that over the years there has been a growing appreciation for steel pan in Jamaica and hopefully a win would get more persons on board. We would love to see the emergence of more and more bands in Jamaica."
Although the band has managed to gain some funds through their sponsors from the University of the West Indies, The Insurance Company of the West Indies Limited and the CHASE Fund, the members of Panoridim are still seeking additional funding to cover expenses for uniforms and other miscellaneous items.
In August, steelbands from all over the world will converge in Trinidad for the first ever International Panorama Competition. Steelbands will compete against twelve of Trinidad & Tobago's best bands to walk away with the title of International Panorama CHAMPION. The competition is organized by PanTrinbago, the governing body for steelpan based in Trinidad.
After having originated in Trinidad as a major highlight of their carnival season, the model of the Panorama competition has spread far and wide. Similar competitions are held in many Caribbean islands including St. Vincent & Grenadines and Barbados, and in parts of the USA, most notably in Brooklyn, New York. Jamaica, despite having many steelbands associated with churches and schools, has not yet adopted any form of steelpan competition.
However Jamaica's UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, with panyard on the UWI Mona campus, is recognized by PanTrinbago and has competed twice in the World Steelband Festivals hosted in Trinidad, receiving a third place trophy for their Quartet entry in 2000. Panoridim is the longest-running and largest steelband in Jamaica, and is the only band most similar in size, style and function to the medium bands in Trinidad & Tobago. With support from the University of the West Indies and Panoridim's corporate sponsor ICWI Limited, the band will be representing Jamaica at the international Panorama Competition on August 9.