LOVE CITY BABY DRAGONS
Good news for
spring 2011: The Baby Dragons are back, after 10 years!
"litter" of Baby Dragons, drawn from Pan Summer Camp '98 participants,
was "hatched" in September 1998 by their first instructor, Victor
Provost. Those original members 'graduated' to be the core of our
skilled and self-assured Pan Dragons, and over the missing ten years
have now graduated from the Pan Dragons as well.
Dragons' skill, discipline, focus and love of steel pan music
was a tribute to their instructors, Victor Provost and Samuel Lawrence,
and to the support of their families, the older Pan Dragons, and the
St. John community. The Baby Dragons was discontinued after 3 years due
to lack of funding, with Summer Pan Camps and walk-ins providing new
players over the last ten years.
Baby Dragons, after just a few weeks of practice, debuted their first
tune at St Thomas Carnival Panorama. Barely visible above their pans,
some standing on little stools, they were wildly cheered on by the Pan
Dragons and families in the audience. These enthusiastic 5-7 year olds
are the future of the Pan Dragons.
Above photos by Ivy Moses: 2001 St. Thomas
Panorama - most went on to be Pan Dragons and are now
Second generation 'panman'
Shamal Thomas on tenor bass, July 4th 2002: